An intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969, from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000.
Michael Wadleigh’s over 3-hour documentary of the 1969 concert in upper-state NY was originally rated R for brief images of nudity (mostly skinny-dipping, various instances of toplessness or nudity, and love-making in the bushes) – and also for rampant drug use and profanity among young concert-goers.
One female who was interviewed noted as others were swimming naked:
“I think the body is beautiful. I think skinny-dipping is just beautiful, if you want to do it, if you can do it, but some people can’t because their environment made them, you know, feel that it’s wrong, even though they know in their subconscious that it’s right, you know, it’s good and normal and natural, but we’ve been made to feel that it’s wrong…”
The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.