Five Must-Watch Concert Documentaries

Duran Duran: Unstaged, directed by David Lynch.
Duran Duran: Unstaged, directed by David Lynch.
Courtesy Sue Arrowsmith

Concert films come and go all the time, with most of them not leaving much of an impression on the world after they premiere. But some of them do last, and those are the ones that offer engaging and often different experiences to the norm. Some even transcend the limitations of a simple stage performance, and the more inventive the directors presenting them get, the better they prove to be.

With the impending release of multiple concert documentaries on Miami screens over the upcoming weeks -- Björk: Biophilia Live at O Cinema and Duran Duran: Unstaged at Miami Beach Cinematheque and Tower Theater (both of which look to be far out of the norm) -- it's time to take a look at some of the must-watch concert flicks of the last decade.

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The most modern of these choices comes in the form of LCD Soundsystem's farewell concert that enjoyed a limited theatrical release two years ago. It's not a perfectly put together film, amateurish at times and featuring one too many cutaways to James Murphy's post-show lifestyle, but it's one that shows just how energetic and genuinely entrancing a show the band could put on. It's the kind of film that almost completely immerses you in the concert experience and with the all guests that join the group for their last show, it's doubtful any fan of theirs will be disappointed in it.


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