Monterey Pop movie review: 50 years later, DA Pennebaker’s concert film still awes and inspires

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The 19th edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is finally here, and with it comes an unending list of critically acclaimed Indian and international films to watch.An invisible energy binds the audience as the man on the sitar shakes his head to push back the black curls shrouding his eyes.In one swift motion, the audience gets on its feet, the thunder of acclaim reverberating through the open space as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Alla Rakha and Kamala Chakravarty stand, soaking up the applause at a rock concert in California at the wild Monterey International Pop Music Festival.It’s been 50 years since, and one can revisit and relive these moments only because DA Pennebaker was there to capture these instances and other iconic artists like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, and bands like The Who, Animals and others in one of the first and most famous concert films — Monterey Pop.


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