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Woodstock

Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 4 May 1970

Part 1

WOODSTOCK IS AN amazing piece of technology, one of the most important films ever made. We have long been accustomed to experiencing films as primarily visual, with sound accompaniment. Woodstock escalates the film experience to a tactile level — the "visual" and the "aural" are merely two modes of an integrated experience of what the audience "feels." The quality of the camerawork and the editing, the way in which the hours and hours of footage have been put together, are among the finest in the history of film. But somehow what you "see" in Woodstock is only a small part of what you experience, much the same as when you dig a Rock concert — there's the dope, the lightshow, the people, the setting, the weather, etc.

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