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Gimme Shelter

United States, 1970
Documentary, Music


Called “the greatest rock film ever made,” this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones during the last weeks of their notorious 1969 U.S. tour, which culminated in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert.

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Gimme Shelter Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
In quintessential Direct Cinema style — an innovative, sometimes jarring, and often revelatory formal outgrowth of the French concept of cinema vérité — Gimme Shelter charts in spontaneous and riveting fashion the final days of The Rolling Stones’ 1969 United States tour.
July 02, 2019
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Loose and purposefully manipulative with chronology, and including the onscreen intrusion of the filmmakers, the film pushed the limits of what a “rock doc” could be, and still shocks, both with its studio footage of the band laying down classic tracks, and the dark bleakness and moral fog of Altamont.
April 08, 2016
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In one of the film’s first shots, Mick Jagger prances around the stage wearing a superhero cape. [The camera] zooms in on the singer until it has him pinned in a close-up. As he struts, the camera stays tight, never letting him go. The scene changes. We’re suddenly looking at the same shot on a monitor in an editing suite, as is Jagger. Zwerin and the Maysles have the Stones under their thumb, forcing them to confront their posturing (would there be an Act of Killing without Gimme Shelter?).
May 05, 2015
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