Not all of the amazing acts from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival—which is celebrating its forty-fifth anniversary this weekend—made it into the final cut of D. A. Pennebaker’s documentary Monterey Pop. Among the casualties was Laura Nyro, who gave one of the more notorious performances. The story goes she left the stage in tears, convinced she had been booed—though this has been disputed over the years. In this footage from her set—included in the two hours of outtakes in our collector’s edition, The Complete Monterey Pop Festival—we hear no boos (we do hear a “Beautiful!” or two). We think it is a compelling performance, well worth a listen.
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films
In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of the Astaire-Rogers classic, dance critic Brian Seibert explains how beautifully and cleverly the film integrates dance into the structure of a romantic-comedy plot.
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet
In a rarely seen documentary about David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, the director and his star, Isabella Rossellini, give their candid impressions about the creative journey they’ve embarked on together.