Dreary film that captures the essence of the time gone. As though the hippie period should have been a moment of hope, it appears now and is described by the Maysles Brothers, even if in 1970 they were unaware of this representation, as a moment of decadence in American history. The morning after Altamont is one of the most poignant scenes I know. Masterpiece. A DVD zone your library.
Saw a screening of Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens this evening. Albert Maysles was on hand for a Q&A in between and I asked him how he felt about postmodern documentary filmmaking, a la Errol Morris. All he said was that he respected all styles except for Michael Moore's. Didn't really answer my question, but he's a brilliant filmmaker nonetheless.
You can see how the Stones cultivated the image of Rock and Roll's "bad boys" in this documentary. The ill-fated concert captured them in probably their worst hour. It is fascinating to watch how a seemingly innocent concert can go so incredibly wrong.