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CSNY Déjà Vu (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Half concert doc, half political exposition, CSNY: DeJa Vu straddles the old and new slant on politics in music with diligence and not a little self-promotion.

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Since their debut in the late '60s, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have functioned as the "town criers" of their generation. With songs like "Ohio" and "Find the Cost of Freedom," CSNY were in the forefront of Vietnam-era protest and anti-war sentiment. Though fondly remembered for their harmonies and love songs, the band has never lost its political edge. "CSNY: Déjà Vu" finds the band heading out on their "Freedom of Speech 2006" of North America, featuring music from Neil Young's controversial "Living With War" CD. With "Embedded" reporter, Mike Cerre, aboard, the film documents audience reactions to the music and the band's ongoing connection with its fans, all against the backdrop of the Iraq/Afghanistan War. The film also examines events surrounding the tour in the crucial election season of 2006. Songs from the tour are woven together with archival material, news footage, and audience reaction and observations, as the film examines the issues surrounding the integration of politics and art.

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (19)

It is a good, strong documentary.

August 4, 2008

Many come to the shows unprepared for the heavy sermonizing. Others call for it. The documentary seems equally divisive.

July 25, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

CSNY Déjà Vu has some delicious moments, but you never quite shake the feeling that it's documenting a tempest in a teapot.

July 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

The band's harmonies have crumbled and their new songs sound like paint being chipped off an aluminum shed with a garden rake. Their hits would sound better on the next eight-track you see at a yard sale.

July 25, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Young, who directed the movie, compares today's climate with the Vietnam era, and doesn't bother hiding his disappointment in the present.

July 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Recent and archival interview, news, war and music footage, which often juxtapose the Vietnam and Iraq conflicts, round out this unflinching, well-constructed picture.

July 25, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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