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Filming Woodstock: Fact, Fiction, Fantasy

Filming Woodstock: Fact, Fiction, Fantasy

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Some of the festival crowds, captured in Woodstock Now & Then
The most famous rock festival in history celebrated its 40th anniversary this summer in an orgy of nostalgia. Michael Wadleigh's Academy Award-winning 1970 documentary Woodstock was re-released, the media were flooded with reminiscences and analyses and leading film-makers felt moved to address themselves afresh to the subject. Woodstock Now & Then, a new documentary directed by the two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, plays at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, while Taking Woodstock, an oblique fictional take on the event by her fellow Oscar laureate Ang Lee, is released in the UK on 13 November. But does the world need yet more films about Woodstock?
We have yet to go back and feel the power of the Sixties. Not that, through some kind of nostalgic recreation, we're going to find our way out of our current morass.

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