Woodstock (film)


Woodstock (film)

----Infobox Film | name = Woodstock


caption = "Woodstock" film poster by Richard Amsel
director = Michael Wadleigh
producer = Bob Maurice
writer =
starring =
music =
cinematography =
editing = Michael Wadleigh
Martin Scorsese
Stan Warnow
Yeu-Bun Yee
Jere Huggins
Thelma Schoonmaker
distributor = Warner Bros.
released = March 26, 1970
runtime = 184 min. (225 min. for Director's Cut)
language = English
budget = $600,000 (estimated)
imdb_id = 0066580

"Woodstock" (subtitled "3 Days of Peace & Music") is a 1970 documentary on the Woodstock Festival that took place in August 1969 at Bethel in New York. The film was directed by Michael Wadleigh and was edited by (amongst others) Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker; Schoonmaker was nominated for an Academy Award for Film Editing. It received the Academy Award for Documentary Feature, as well as a nomination for Best Sound. The Official Director's Cut, spanning 225 minutes, was released in 1994. There is also a solo DVD release of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. [http://www.vh1.com/movies/movie/39299/moviemain.jhtml VH1 Classic] occasionally airs the Director's Cut version of the documentary. In 1996, "Woodstock" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The DVD

New DVD and Blu-ray versions of "Woodstock: The Director's Cut" are scheduled for release by Warner Home Video on July 28, 2009. The "Ultimate Collector’s Edition" reportedly includes an hour of performances not seen in the film, or not seen in full. Director Michael Wadleigh is overseeing the release, Warner said. Robert Klein's docu "The '60s and the Woodstock Generation" will be among the extra features. "Woodstock" is being restored and remastered for the release. The previous DVD dates back to 1997, with reviewers on Amazon complaining of its VHS-like quality. [http://porpoisemouth.com/woodstock-revival-for-40th-anniversary]

Artists by appearance

"*) opening and final credits (no stage performance)"
"**) not in the original version, only in the directors cut"

Artists omitted

*Sweetwater
*Incredible String Band
*Bert Sommer
*Tim Hardin
*Ravi Shankar*
*Melanie
*Quill
*Keef Hartley
*Mountain
*Grateful Dead
*Creedence Clearwater Revival
*The Band
*Blood, Sweat & Tears
*Johnny and Edgar Winter
*Paul Butterfield

* Featured in "Monterey Pop"

Director's cut

In 1994 a director's cut was released that added over 40 minutes to the film and included performances by Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin that were omitted from the original release. Jimi Hendrix's set at the end of the film was also extended with two additional numbers. Some of the crowd scenes in the original film were replaced by previously unseen footage.

After the closing credits (to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Find the Cost of Freedom") a list of prominent people from the "Woodstock Generation" who had died is shown, including John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mama Cass Elliot, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Max Yasgur, Abbie Hoffman, Paul Butterfield, Keith Moon, Bob Hite, Richard Manuel, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. It ends with the eulogy to the right:

Further reading

*cite book
last = Kato
first = M. T.
authorlink =
coauthors =
title = From Kung Fu to Hip Hop: Globalization, Revolution, and Popular Culture
publisher = SUNY Press
date = 2007
location =
url = http://www.sunypress.edu/details.asp?id=61386
isbn = 0791469913

*cite book
last = Saunders
first = Dave
authorlink =
coauthors =
title = Direct Cinema: Observational Documentary and the Politics of the Sixties
publisher = Wallflower Press
date = 2007
location = London
isbn = 1905674163

External links

*imdb title|id=0066580|title=Woodstock.
* [http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F19700101%2FREVIEWS%2F1010321%2F1023&AID1=%2F19700101%2FREVIEWS%2F1010321%2F1023&AID2=%2F20050522%2FREVIEWS08%2F505220302%2F1023 Film review] . "Chicago Sun-Times".
* [http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=5075 Film review] . "DVD Times".

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title=Academy Award for Documentary Feature
years=1970
before="Arthur Rubinstein - The Love of Life"
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