Monterey Pop
Monterey Pop (1968)

On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the first Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade's spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey featured… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 26, 1968
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006
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Tom Long
Detroit News

Like the time and artists it captures "Monterey Pop" is imperfect, yet vital.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

It is possible that the way to a new kind of musical -- using some of the talent and energy of what is still the most lively contemporary medium -- may begin with just this kind of musical performance documentary.

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Richard von Busack

With its banners touting love and flowers, Monterey Pop shows the tribes before they went their separate ways.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It really was a special moment.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The film possesses a quality of nostalgia beyond the fact that it was made way back in 1967.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Monterey Pop is a vibrant encapsulation of that far-off event, with one jaw-dropping performance after another.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

The effect is one of estranging intimacy, bringing us impossibly near to these sublime beings onstage and yet somehow ensuring that they remain forever mysterious, magical, and untouchable.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Even now, 50 years later, Monterey Pop packs a hell of a wallop. In the final sequence when the crowd leaps to its feet in rapture and ecstasy, it is hard not to want to do precisely the same thing.

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Susan G. Cole
NOW Toronto

There's something heartbreaking about seeing a cultural movement at its apex, knowing it would not have the impact so many of its proponents dreamed of.

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Cameron Johnson
Well, it's good to see that D. A. Pennebaker can make a fly-on-the-wall music documentary that isn't kind of dull, as surely as it's good to see… More
This film documents the titular music festival that was said to be a precursor to Woodstock. Such claims of inspiration seem a bit dubious as this was clearly… More