Festival (film)

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Original title festival
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1967
length 95 minutes
Director Murray Lerner
script Murray Lerner
production Murray Lerner
camera Francis Grumman ,
Murray Lerner,
Stanley Meredith ,
George Pickow
cut Howard Alk

Festival is an American documentary film released in 1967 .


The film documents the Newport Folk Festival , which is held annually in Newport , Rhode Island . The focus is on the years 1963 to 1965. In order to explain what is special about this event, in addition to recordings of the songs, interviews with the performers and fans are shown.


Bosley Crowther of the New York Times found that the festival was being presented effectively. However, it is annoying that for viewers who are not so familiar with folk, the performers cannot be clearly identified.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times describes the film as wonderfully entertaining.


In 1968 the film was nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Documentary .


The film premiered in New York on October 23, 1967.

Performers were: Joan Baez , Theodore Bikel , Mike Bloomfield , Paul Butterfield , Johnny Cash , Judy Collins , Donovan , Bob Dylan , Mimi Fariña , Richard Fariña , Fannie Lou Hamer , Son House , Mississippi John Hurt , John Koerner , Spokes Mashiyane , Fred McDowell , Brownie McGhee , Clayton McMichen , Sonny Terry , Odetta Holmes , Peter, Paul and Mary , Eck Robertson , Buffy Sainte-Marie , Pete Seeger and Chester "Howlin 'Wolf" Burnett .

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Individual evidence

  1. Critique of the New York Times (Eng.)
  2. Critique of the Chicago Sun-Times (Eng.)