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Whitney Crothers Dilley

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167734

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167734.001.0001

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Memory, Narrative, and Transformation in Taking Woodstock

Memory, Narrative, and Transformation in Taking Woodstock

(p.171) Thirteen Memory, Narrative, and Transformation in Taking Woodstock
The Cinema of Ang Lee

Whitney Crothers Dilley

Columbia University Press

This chapter looks at Taking Woodstock (2007). Taking Woodstock tells the story of the 1969 Woodstock concert's conception and execution from the perspective of Elliot Tiber, who played an arguably significant role in bringing the concert into existence while, at the same time, struggling internally with his own personal issues of identity. This narrative, based on Tiber's eponymous book, deals with issues of public versus private, and the global reach of media versus internal discovery. While the event of the Woodstock concert has been previously experienced as a product of memory, preserved through scattered recollections of the people present and grainy film images, the event has a powerful sense of nostalgia, a key element in Lee's work. Taking Woodstock is a natural choice for Lee as a topic because it delves into the psychology of the human heart at a crucial moment of change in American history.

Keywords:   Taking Woodstock, Woodstock concert, Elliot Tiber, media, memory, nostalgia, psychology

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