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Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation lives up to its title with an entertaining contextualization of the titular festival and its cultural impact.

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In August 1969 -- against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War -- half a million people converged on a small dairy farm in upstate New York to hear the concert of a lifetime. What they experienced was a moment that would spark a cultural revolution, changing many of them and the country forever. With never-before-seen footage, WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION tells the story of the political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself, when near disaster put the ideals of the counterculture to the test. What took place in that teaming mass of humanity -- the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half-a-million strong throng of young people -- was nothing less than a miracle of unity, a manifestation of the "peace and love" the festival had touted, and a validation of the counterculture's promise to the world. Who were these kids? What experiences and stories did they carry with them to Bethel, New York that weekend, and how were they changed by their time in the muck and mire of Max Yasgur's farm? Directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and written by Goodman and Don Kleszy, WOODSTOCK takes us back to the three days that defined a generation.

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It does bring a freshness to a story that we've heard a million times.

September 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Some optimism is required to allow for the possibility that the chaos of Woodstock offered a template for anything, but, if you inhale deeply, the film just about achieves this microcosmic ambition.

August 19, 2019 | Full Review…

This film offers a moving remembrance of the people, music, and extraordinary circumstances that aligned to produce a cultural touchstone.

May 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Goodman never lets the music breathe, even slapping narration over Hendrix's masterful version of the national anthem, one of the great political statements in rock history.

May 30, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Uses the perspective of nearly 50 years' hindsight to demonstrate anew how the festival was both a mess and a miracle, and implicitly argues that it was a good deal more miracle than mess.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

A fine primer for curious younger viewers and wistful oldsters alike, focusing less on the event's main attraction... than on how an event that seemed headed toward disaster instead left attendees feeling very groovy.

May 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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