Festival Express Reviews

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September 7, 2011
August 14, 2007
September 3, 2004
There are sterling concert performances by several bands in peak form.
September 3, 2004
A delirious piece of pop ephemera, a time capsule set on the cusp between the Summer of Love and the Day the Music Died.
September 3, 2004
What's most revealing and human about Festival Express are its candid looks at artists bonding aboard the choo-choo.
September 3, 2004
It's the overnight jam sessions that steal the show.
September 3, 2004
Here's a chance to listen to the soundtrack for the social upheaval of the late '60s and early '70s.
September 2, 2004
A treasure for baby-boomer rockers and a miniature history lesson for younger music fans.
September 2, 2004
This is the film's most interesting angle: the tension that arises as rabble-rousers fight with cops and rail against the promoters who dared to charge $16 for a daylong concert.
August 27, 2004
The musical performances are the heart of the movie and it's a toss-up whether the spontaneous jams captured on the train or the classic acts on stage are more thrilling.
August 27, 2004
A fascinating time capsule of unseen moments from the 1960s, both the musical ... and the sociological as the cream of the musical counterculture comes face to face with its own greedy, bullying fans.
August 27, 2004
The result is satisfying, anchored by wonderful performances, including an aching rendition of Bob Dylan's 'I Shall Be Released' with Manuel singing and Guy's smoking-hot version of 'Money.'
August 27, 2004
The musical highlights are many, from The Band working through a rousing 'Slippin' & Slidin'' to Buddy Guy jumping off the stage for a blasting guitar solo in the middle of 'Money.'
August 24, 2004
It emerges as one of the last howls of defiance from the counter-culture decade, made all the more poignant by the fact that many of those involved are no longer around to remember it.
August 19, 2004
A fascinating, fly-on- the-wall (or fly-in-the- dining-car) glimpse of some clearly blotto rock legends talking, singing, hanging out.
August 13, 2004
It is a rough jewel unearthed, and if you care at all about the era, it will shine for you.
August 13, 2004
Proves less a revelation than a confirmation that these performers -- who are joined on various stops by bluesman Buddy Guy, Ian and Sylvia's post-folkie incarnation as Great Speckled Bird, and others -- were everything they were cracked up to be.
August 12, 2004
One of the great rock 'n' roll movies, a treasure trove of music and a wildly entertaining chronicle of a vanished time.
August 12, 2004
It really is [a joyous time capsule].
August 7, 2004
Despite being filmed on ancient Arriflex cameras, and recorded under difficult circumstances, the performances are as good as any you'd hear today, and far better than most other concert films from rock's early days.
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