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- kevin sellers
Hippies, hippies, and more hippies. If you were (or are) a fan of the 60s counterculture then this is your kind of documentary and no amount of denigration, either unfair (like the previous reviewer's comparing the long hairs to the Viet Cong!) or merited will shake your faith. If, like me, you find the Freaks highly resistible you might still enjoy "Woodstock" if only for the great music video that it is. Even curdled critics like Clichae would probably admit that The Who, Jimmy Hendrix, and Janis Joplin, if not Arlo and Joanie, are worth a listen. Give it a B.
A sub-Hollywood filming of state-side baby boomers at the effect of the same mentality their betters were fighting against in Vietnam!
Still the Ultimate Concert Film
While the performances here are great, this is a great example of having too much of a good thing because the filmmakers' (among them was some guy named Martin Scorsese) chose to film nearly everyone there. So there's lots of great performers who ended up on the cutting room floor (i.e. Johnny Winter, CCR, The Band) or their footage is incomplete (it's criminal the way Janis Joplin's clip is handled) and have only resurfaced on the numerous home video reissues and in bootleg form. In the film makers defense, they already had a film that ran nearly four hours and if they'd included every performance, the movie would've lasted as long as the festival itself. That said, this is still the ultimate concert film
I also lived through this era. The 60s. The music was great, innovative, just as in previous decades, examples like Tin Pan Alley, Jazz in the 20s and Swing In the 30s, 40s for example. But the idea of millions of people lying around dreaming of a perfect world, of peace and love without substance. without purpose or any sense of direction, is as one writer at the time stated. Could spread and be the overture to human extinction. As in the Time Machine film, where he encounters a world, where no one gave a damn about any thing anymore, while watching a young girl Winna drowning and did nothing to try saving her. Actor Jack Webb did an episode of Dragnet, that answered in point form, what was going Wrong, with these so called perfect Hippie colonies. Questions like, Can you fix a broken leg? Can you pull teeth? Can you grow crops. Build a shelter for winter? Deliver a baby when its time? So many questions , So many skills that required thousands of years learning , and this generation the 60s was saying to Hell with the system. It only took a few days at Woodstock to prove it Just Couldn't Work . Filthy water and sanitary conditions, drug overdoses, lack of proper shelters and food. I lost many close friends, who didn't see or hear the warning signs around them, and died from illegal drug over doses and so many other conditions associated with this era.
- Lloyd Puchek
I stongly and highly recommend this movie. I grew up in which is now known today as the explosive generation of the 1960's. This is a quite an historical rock music documentery. I just wish and hope one day TCM will air this movie on tv. This movie won oscar awards . This concert then gave quite a message to people that even today many people will never comprehend. their message then was that people can live and get along with each other if it is given a chance. This concert wasn't just about drugs and sex. This concert put rock music at its peak in 1969. The people that put this concert together went through quite a struggle along with the people that produced this film. This movie has alot of historical value, pertaining to rock music. This movie is rated R. Look past the rating and see live rock music at its best in an excellant work of movie production. This movie was produced live on location in upstate New York