Woodstock

1970 | Documentary | 185 minutes | English

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Often referred to as “the weekend that defined a generation,” the Woodstock festival in 1969 became known as the beginning of the Hippie Generation.  A year later, the documentary Woodstockwas released, and we all can now witness what a frenetic, euphoric three-day event it was. To weave in all the happenings into a three-hour film was possible because of the work of three brilliant editors: Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker, and Michael Wadleigh. Directed by Michael Wadleigh, the film Woodstock has become a permanent record of one of the greatest festivals of all time. 

Cast

Major Participants: Joan Baez / Jimi Hendrix / Joe Cocker / Arlo Guthrie / Richie Havens / The Who

Why Stream This Film?
How fortunate and lucky we are to have a filmed record of an event that defined an era. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote, “The remarkable thing about Wadleigh’s film is that it succeeds so completely in making us feel how it must have been to be there.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Metacritic Score: 95
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Documentary; Nominated, Best Film Editing
  • The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
  • The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
Few documentaries have captured a time and place more completely, poignantly, and for that matter, entertainingly.
Roger Ebert

RogerEbert.com

WOODSTOCK, brilliantly directed by Michael Wadleigh, is a virtually perfect record of the music festival.

VARIETY staff

WOODSTOCK is a record of an extraordinary event, the rock festival that  drew nearly half a million young people to a 600-acre farm near Bethel, New York. For three days the festival featured music, mud, grass, love, milk, skinny-dipping, acid, Cokes, hot dogs, and meth.
Vincent Canby

The New York Times

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