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Festival (1966)

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Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan were frequent performers at the Newport Folk Song Festival during the years 1963 to 1966. This music documentary captures these seminal artists and many others, including Donovan and Judy Collins, while performing for the enthusiastic audiences of the festival. Particular attention is paid to the performers' political and social convictions in this vital document of the times, as their comments and asides introducing their songs are retained. Despite the political tone of the so-called "protest music" performed by many, other less-controversial folk-music genres were also brought to the screen in this feature, and the blues are not overlooked.

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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

It would have been easy to get cheap laughs by cutting from the traditional performers to the college kids, but Lerner went for depth instead.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A solid music documentary that covers in B/W the Newport Folk Song Festival during the years 1963 to 1966.

July 20, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Festival makes viewers feel as if they're casually attending the [Newport Folk Festival], exploring the grounds, discovering artists and dropping in on sets.

October 18, 2017 | Full Review…

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