October 01, 1979 12:00 PM

The distance between brooding rocker Neil Young and the multitudes is too great even for a zoom lens. In this film of Young’s most recent concert (last October in San Francisco), he ignores both audience and camera and, even when his face fills the screen, he seems far away. Still, the music—four cuts from Young’s new album of the same name plus oldies like Cinnamon Girl, Needle and Damage Done and After the Goldrush—is haunting, the supporting cast includes “roadeyes” dressed in a monk’s habit and Young’s usual backup group, Crazy Horse (Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank Sampedro). Rust (the title is borrowed from a Rust-Oleum ad) is a must only for Young’s fans. (PG)

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