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Hair: Let the Sun Shine in (2007)

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alive Mind
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FQRINU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hair: Let the Sun Shine in" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Since its overwhelming success on Broadway forty years ago, Hair has inspired generations with its messages of love, non-violence and liberation. This definitive and entertaining documentary highlights the continuing relevance of the show and its still-radical, transformative power. A wealth of archival footage covers US and international productions and portrays an era, a generation and its politics. The efforts of author and co-creator Jim Rado to bring Hair's vibrant energy and fantastic score to life once again merges with historical interviews and new segments featuring Milos Forman, Keith Carradine, Ben Vereen, Tim Curry, Melba Moore, Tom O'Horgan, Michael Butler and others from the original productions.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but sadly lacking... December 14, 2008
By Hutch
Format:DVD
HAIR is such a monumental piece of theater, that there is no way a 55 minute documentary would possibly be able to cover its impact.
With that said, here are some of the pluses and minuses of this film:
On the plus side... the show's relevance to the current world political climate. MOST of the interviews, especially from three authors of books about the show(one from the original Broadway cast, another from the final performance and especially Scott Miller, who also posted his review here on AMAZON). Many of the songs from the score, either performed or used as background(although amusingly, "Easy To Be Hard" is credited to Off-Broadway's "Sheila", Jill O'Hara, and NOT correctly to the film's astounding Cheryl Barnes). Clips of both the Broadway and Los Angeles companies (although sadly, the NY company's appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" has vanished into the hitherlands).
On the minus side- not enough interviews with OTHER members from HAIR's Broadway cast(or original OFF-BROADWAY production, prior to Tom O'Horgan's re-envisioning of it). Too much time spent on Keith Carradine, a replacement "Claude". Not enough on how the international companies affected their respective countries. More on "behind-the-scenes" of putting on HAIR, dealing with back-stage politics(for that, find a copy of Lorrie Davis's "LETTING DOWN MY HAIR", sadly out-of-print- so try e-Bay). Too much time spent with Milos Forman, director of the misbegotten film version(which both authors Ragni and Rado detested, and while entertaining and musically outstanding, in no way captures the hippie lifestyle or captures the stage show's sponteniety). And WAY too much time spent on rehearsals for a revival.
All-in-all, this doc is worth a look...
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Look at a Brilliant Show November 1, 2008
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If you think HAIR is a cute, silly, hippie musical, this documentary will cure you of that. This is a penetrating, intelligent look at the brilliant, ground-breaking, still profoundly relevent 60s musical about war, politics, love, drugs, sex, and our place in the world. The film includes interviews with the show's creators, producers, original cast members, and much more. When it's done the way it's meant to be, HAIR is a serious, important, shattering piece of theatre and this documentary explains why it still works. (Maybe it will help rid of us of all those productions of HAIR that try to make it into Godspell.) Having directed the show three times and written a book about it ("Let the Sun Shine In: The Genius of HAIR"), I can say that this is the best documentary about a piece of theatre I've ever seen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This outstanding documentary about the musical Hair held my attention every step of the way! The archival clips are wonderfully spread throughout the film; and we get so much interview footage, both old and new, with cast members and more. We even see members of the current cast of Hair as they practice for the current production of the Broadway show. This documentary has excellent bonus interview footage and overall it's truly a fine documentary for one of the best musicals ever produced.

Ben Vereen, who acted in the original stage play, refers to Hair as a "movement;" and he is very much correct. Hair captured the essence of what so many young Americans thought about the war in Vietnam during the late 1960s. This documentary shows that Hair did not shy away from displaying the lives of these young people as people; they were not merely a "bunch of hippies" to be thoughtlessly discarded by society. The film shows how the musical brought out the hopes of this generation who openly questioned authority and spurned conventions, even doing a nude scene on stage was acceptable and indeed a declaration that the human body is beautiful and nothing to be ashamed of.

As for that archival footage, there's certainly no shortage of it. We see James Rado and Gerome Ragni on The Johnny Carson Show in 1968; and there's some footage of the cast of Hair performing a number on the same TV show as well. Look for a rather young Tim Curry being interviewed and we see Director Milos Forman reflect on his motion picture version of Hair. Hair actors Melba Moore and Keith Carradine also provide good insight and reflections on the original stage play; and it's all fascinating.

In addition, this motion picture makes it clear that, sadly, certain things have not changed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The musical hair, which celebrated it's 40th Anniversary last year with a number of "anniversary" revivals, is coming back to Broadway again this holiday season. The show truly reflected what was going on in the country (the US, though it was expanding outside the US borders). The US was involved in the conflict in Vietnam and "young Americans" were trying to stop the war. Sexual liberation was happening and so was the rise of the hippie drug culture. Two New York actors, Jim Rado and Jerome Ragni put together a "script" and wrote a few songs. They hooked up with composer Galt McDermott and tried it out on a few people. Joseph Papp who was forming the New York Shakespeare Festival (to present new plays off-Broadway) was looking for an opening show. And this turned out to be "Hair". EVERYONE knows the "hit" song "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In", and most know the others.

The story of the show from its inception through the filmed version - Directed by Milos Forman in his first English language production - and on to the revivals is expertly told in this hour-long documentary made in 2007 for FRENCH Television! (Yes, it's all in English). There are rehearsals for the 2007 revival, great archival footage of the original cast performing on the "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" in 1968, and interviews with Forman, Rado, Director Tom O' Horgan , and "Hair" cast members Melba Moore, Ben Vereen and Keith Carridine. The documentary's Director also includes clips of the war in Iraq and President Bush to show that - in many ways - not much has changed.

The real treat is the nearly 40 minutes of BONUS interviews with Forman, Rado and Vereen (though Vereen seems to stretch out his answers a bit too long.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the one
I was totally disappointed. This is mostly photage from rehearsals of a new 2007 staging of Hair. Endless casting and rehearsals that are completely unengaging. Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by Meretseger
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for the baby boomer
If you lived through the 60's (and remember anything about them) this is a must see. Brought back many memories (both good and bad) of an era that defined our generation.
Published on September 22, 2010 by Vincent O. Paragone
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the Sunshine In
Great documentary exploring the history of the musical, the creators and the life and times of the 60's.
Published on September 10, 2009 by V. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Generous 5-Stars For *VINTAGE* Hair Performances!
The 55-minute documentary HAIR: LET THE SUNSHINE IN is pretty entertaining and gives the viewer a glimpse into the legendary Broadway show that revolutionized musical theater. Read more
Published on July 3, 2009 by Alex Honda
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Middling Documentary
Coinciding with the successful Broadway revival of Hair comes the DVD release of the 2007 documentary Hair: Let the Sun Shine In. Read more
Published on June 4, 2009 by E. Chris Caggiano
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay everybody; today we'll be "walking in space"....
This is a great behind-the-scenes documentary and a priceless tool for todays young theatre performers on how to tap into older shows energies for better understanding. Read more
Published on March 12, 2009 by N. Knott
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