Woodstock (film): Wikis


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Woodstock film poster by Richard Amsel
Directed by Michael Wadleigh
Produced by Bob Maurice
Editing by Michael Wadleigh
Martin Scorsese
Stan Warnow
Yeu-Bun Yee
Jere Huggins
Thelma Schoonmaker
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) March 26, 1970
Running time 184 min. (225 min. for Director's Cut)
Language English
Budget $600,000 (estimated)

Woodstock is a 1970 documentary on the Woodstock Festival that took place in August 1969 at Bethel in New York. Entertainment Weekly called this film the benchmark of concert movies and one of the most entertaining documentaries ever made.[1] 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.[2] The film was also screened at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival, but wasn't entered into the main competition.[3] The Official Director's Cut, spanning 225 minutes, was released in 1994.

Both cuts take liberties with the timeline of the festival. However, the opening and closing acts are the same in the film as in real life, i.e., Richie Havens opens the show and Jimi Hendrix closes it.

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock's performance was released separately on DVD.

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". An expanded edition of Woodstock, the movie, released on June 9, 2009 in Blu-Ray and DVD formats, features additional performances not before seen in the film, and also includes lengthened versions of existing performances featuring Creedence Clearwater Revival and others.


Artists by appearance

No. Group / Singer Title
1.* Crosby, Stills & Nash "Long Time Gone"
2.* Canned Heat "Going Up the Country"
3.* Crosby, Stills & Nash "Wooden Ships"
4. Richie Havens "Handsome Johnny"
5. "Freedom" / "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child"
6. Canned Heat "A Change Is Gonna Come" **
7. Joan Baez "Joe Hill"
8. "Swing Low Sweet Chariot"
9. The Who "We're Not Gonna Take It" / "See Me, Feel Me"
10. "Summertime Blues"
11. Sha-Na-Na "At the Hop"
12. Joe Cocker and the Grease Band "With a Little Help from My Friends"
13. Audience "Crowd Rain Chant"
14. Country Joe and the Fish "Rock and Soul Music"
15. Arlo Guthrie "Coming Into Los Angeles"
16. Crosby, Stills & Nash "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"
17. Ten Years After "I'm Going Home"
18. Jefferson Airplane "Saturday Afternoon" / "Won't You Try" **
19. "Uncle Sam's Blues" **
20. John Sebastian "Younger Generation"
21. Country Joe McDonald "FISH Cheer / Feel-Like-I'm-Fixing-to-Die-Rag"
22. Santana "Soul Sacrifice"
23. Sly and the Family Stone "Dance To The Music" / "I Want To Take You Higher"
24. Janis Joplin "Work Me, Lord" **
25. Jimi Hendrix "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" (credited as "Voodoo Chile" in the film) **
26. "The Star-Spangled Banner"
27. "Purple Haze"
28. "Woodstock Improvisation" **
29. "Villanova Junction"
30.* Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "Woodstock" / "Find the Cost of Freedom" **

* studio recording from an album by the artist
** director's cut only, not in the original theatrical release

Artists omitted

Director's cut

Woodstock Generation
it up
Tear it up
have a Ball
—– Woodstock (director's cut) closing credits

In 1994 a director's cut (subtitled 3 Days of Peace & Music) 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's "Find the Cost of Freedom")[4] 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 epitaph to the right:

40th Anniversary Edition

On June 9, 2009 a remastered 40th Anniversary edition was released on both Blu-Ray and DVD. The 40th Anniversary edition is available as both a two-disc "Special Edition" and a three-disc "Ultimate Collector’s Edition". The film was newly remastered and provided a new 5.1 audio mix. Two extra hours of rare performance footage, features 18 new performances as never before seen from 13 groups, including Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald, Santana, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker and five (Paul Butterfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Winter and Mountain) who played at Woodstock but never appeared in any film version.

The previous DVD edition was released in 1997, with reviewers on Amazon complaining of its VHS-like quality.[5]

Further reading


  1. ^ The Entertainment Weekly Guide to the Greatest Movies Ever Made. New York: Warner Books. 1996. p. 130.  
  2. ^ "NY Times: Woodstock". NY Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/55219/Woodstock/details. Retrieved 2008-11-11.  
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Woodstock". festival-cannes.com. http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/2464/year/1970.html. Retrieved 2009-04-11.  
  4. ^ "Woodstock (1970) – Alternate Versions" on IMDB
  5. ^ "‘Woodstock’ revival for 40th anniversary". Psychedelic Sight. http://psychedelicsight.com//woodstock-revival-for-40th-anniversary. Retrieved 2009-03-12.  

External links

Preceded by
Arthur Rubinstein - The Love of Life
Academy Award for Documentary Feature
Succeeded by
The Hellstrom Chronicle


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