“Monterey was the purest, most beautiful moment of the whole sixties trip . . .
It was a magical, pure moment in time.” — Dennis Hopper
About the Film
Directed by D. A. Pennebaker, 1968
79 minutes, English
Introduction by Anthony Monta, associate director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey featured career-making performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few of the performers in a wildly diverse lineup that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic vérité style—and a camera crew that included the likes of Albert Maysles and Richard Leacock—D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend smashing his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his, Mama Cass watching Janis Joplin’s performance in awe. This fiftieth-anniversary edition presents Monterey Pop in a new 4K restoration.
Film Series: The Spirit of '68
In all respects, 1968 was a watershed year on both sides of the Atlantic. Social and political divisions exploded as a result of unresolved domestic conflicts and military actions abroad. Everywhere the boundaries of conventional behavior and social mores were tested.
At the same time, and in the context of these conflicts, 1968 was a year of remarkable creativity in the arts. These developments went hand in hand with innovative experiments in life-styles and community living, an expanded awareness of environmental dangers, and new forms of democratic participation.
Like the other arts, cinema captured the spirit of the times. Perhaps no better focus for attention came from music, where live concerts became vehicles for exploring all the innovation that the spirit of '68 had to offer.
All films will be shown in the THX-certified Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for ND/SMC faculty/staff, and $4 for students/children at 574-631-2800, or visit performingarts.nd.edu.
Free tickets are available while supplies last at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies (1060 Nanovic Hall).