Hippy for no reason


The ultimate trip

Taking Woodstock is the ultimate hippy homage. The story of how the mother of all rock concerts actually happened and became one of the defining moments in the 20th Century.

Half a million hippies

In 1969, Elliot Tiber, an uptight Jewish nerd, who is desperately trying to save his parents ramshackle business, in a one horse town in up state NY, inadvertently becomes the catalyst for half a million hippies to come for a three day peace and music festival. The rest is, as they say, history.

Magic happens

Taking Woodstock, is a dozen movies in one. It’s a comedy, it’s a coming of age movie, a coming out movie, a movie about dysfunctional, emeshed family. It’s an immigrant movie, a Jewish survivor movie, a movie about small town mentality. It’s also about the Vietnam war and the peace movement. Most importantly, it’s a mystical film. It’s about the magic that can happen if you take a risk; about the power of saying yes and then stepping aside and letting it happen, no matter how overwhelming it becomes. It’s about community, liberation, honesty and tolerance with a bit of free love and drug exploration thrown in.

Peace is the answer

Ang Lee doesn’t go for nostalgia, tho’ for sure ┬áthe fear of acid dropping hippies seems sweet in our post 9/11 world. You don’t have to have been there, or know who Janis Joplin was to enjoy the film. It’s not a historical drama. What we are offered is a picture of possibility. The transformation that can happen when we step outside our fears (and try a few hash brownies). See the movie for the mad Jewish mother played by Imelda Staunton – genius, and for a glimpse of a life where everyone believed that peace really was the answer. It’s funny, sweet and surprising and not just because Liev Shreiber wears a dress and blonde wig and looks hot as a transvestite security guard called Vilma!

I loved it.

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