THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH Directed by SAUL SWIMMER
When George Harrison brought some musician friends together last summer to do a benefit for the war victims of Pakistan, the occasion became an event. The musicians (Harrison, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan among them) were loose and enthusiastic, the audience wildly receptive. To gether they generated the reciprocal excitement of a revival meeting.
The film catches the music perfectly, but misses much of the atmosphere.
The photography is so static that the movie sometimes seems paralytic. Occasionally Director Saul Swimmer will suffer a pang of social conscience and cut away to grainy documentary footage...