I just watched Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock
. It's a good movie, though not one in which anything much happens except for a bit of self-realization and character development and that kind of stuff, and it does take a while to get going — which seems to be characteristic of Ang Lee's films, or at least the ones I've seen. I enjoyed it very much.
It sparked powerful nostalgic memories of my very first hippy druggy music festival, Nambassa, in 1977 or '78 I think. I miss hippies, even though they were often self-absorbed, sexist, and naive to the point of delusion. There was an optimistic, innocent enthusiasm about them that seems to have been missing in any of the subsequent youth cultures, and their spiritual descendants are often amazingly puritanical and judgmental, considering how enlightened and tolerant they consider themselves to be.
I guess they just don't make hippies like they used to.
Note (1) — the movie features an avant-garde hippy theatre troupe doing an unrecognisable adaptation of Chekov. My grandmother took me to see some of that sort of thing when I was quite young, maybe 8 or 9 years old, in the late '60s. I didn't understand it then, and I now it looks terribly, terribly earnestly wanky, but I suppose they meant well.
Note (2) — excellent tripping sequence.
Note (3) — if you want to actually see anything of the Woodstock festival performances, this is not the movie for you. I'd recommend watching Woodstock
instead. Taking Woodstock
is a movie around
Woodstock, not about