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DVD Review: Music And Politics Collide In CSNY Déjà Vu - Movies In Focus
This Neil Young directed documentary (under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey) is an exceptional, thought provoking film, not only about the current war in Iraq and the recent political climate, but also about generational values. Viewers watching this film hoping to see a straight forward concert film will be severely disappointed. CSNY Déjà Vu is a protest film against the war in Iraq, it compares the events to the Vietnam war (when the group were in their musical and political peak). What Young has produced is a documentary that puts the work of supposed documentary film-makers like Michael Moore to shame, by highlighting a message, but never going for any cheap emotional tricks. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were politically charged in the 1960s and it would be easy for these ageing rock stars to sit back and let a younger generation of rockers fight lead a new anti-war movement. However, it becomes apparent when watching CSNY Déjà Vu that nobody has the passion of the group, and that the youth of today aren’t as politically charged as their parents (or grandparents). What makes Déjà Vu so watchable is that the film offers an insight into not only the viewpoint of [...]