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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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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Rob Gonsalves

Plays today like a dry run for 1970's Woodstock and Gimme Shelter, without the epic scope of the former or the Dionysian drama of the latter.

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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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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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Sean Axmaker

... a concert film as a cinema vérité documentary, a little shaggy, a little low-fi, up close and intimate and very much in tune with the audience basking in the joy of the music...

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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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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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

D.A. Pennebaker's great concert film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
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