This film is a documentary of the famous Woodstock festival of the summer
of 1969 and begins at the offset of the festival, with the droves of fans
pouring in to what will forever be known as one of the greatest musical
and political gatherings America has ever seen. As the film progresses
we see both interviews with participants, creators, and performers within
this festival as well as performances by the artists themselves.
With many different people contributing their views and beliefs to this
documentary, the audience gets a true flavor for what this gathering was
all about. As the film moves through the three-day affair, we see the trials
and tribulations that someone organizing a festival of this magnitude would
go through, and only then can we appreciate what Woodstock really meant
to both the people involved as well as American history in general.
This movie is said to “capture its era like no other movie before or since.”
It wasn’t just about the music; it was about protesting Vietnam in the
most peaceful way possible -- with a few hundred thousand people listening
to artists and uniting over a common belief in peace.
Copyright (c) 1999 byJames Anthony Clewley, Undergraduate at Lehigh University.
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