Literally it was an 3 days of peace and music festival. I´m glad to see all those million of happy young people around this big area enjoying music. The producer of the festival says: "Music´s about happiness, we really wanna bring happiness to this city with our music, and this music is about what is going on right now in the country and things that should change". Woodstock was a social and cultural manifestation.
I'm fucking devastated I couldn't participate in Woodstock. Sure, the arrangements and logistics weren't the best, bad brown acid went around, some festival goers left in an ambulance or a coffin, some didn't like the crowds (!) etc. The fantastically homespun, relaxed, and free atmosphere is still captured perfectly in this documentary. This time capsule is as good as it gets for those of us who were born too late.
Although I am not a much of a hippy, and this was way before my time, this movie is a humorous, touching, and seemingly accurate portrayal of this incredible event. Without being one-sided, they manage to show the town's reaction to the festival and the "kids" that attended. Of course the shots of the actual performances were excellent; I felt like dancing and crying. Overall, I found it entertaining and informative.
Demotic and grand, both in radical proportions. Makes the idea of community glorious without falsely inflating it. It's the most persuasive statement of humanism I've seen, and the argument is in every anarchic juxtaposition, every bustling crowd shot. On the big screen you can see the gradations of light on Richie Havens' guitar frets!