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The guitar god's last filmed performance took place in August 1971 at the huge and chaotic Isle of Wight festival, where he, bassist Billy Cox, and drummer Mitch Mitchell were dogged by equipment problems and turned in a rote, ragged set. This concert film by Murray Lerner features solid renditions of “Red House” and “All Along the Watchtower,” and livelier versions of newer material like “Freedom” and “Ezy Ryder.” But the most affecting moments come before the band takes the stage, when Hendrix learns that they're being recorded and worries about ownership of the tapes, and after the last dispirited number, when he drops his guitar on the stage and walks off in disgust. 102 min.

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