Peculiar y atractivo modo en que se narra este documental. Lo que parece ser el documental, no es más que la grabación que los Rolling Stones observan desde una cabina de edición. "Gimme shelter" es engañoso cuando se trata de fijarse a un solo tiempo. En síntesis son los previos, durante y posterior a un concierto que tuvo un trágico suceso. Un final que parece el resultado de la fuente de un crimen.
An incredibly well made documentary that puts us right into the thick of things; first with great concert footage and giddy joy of The Stones at Madison Square Garden, then the developing disaster of their concert at Altamont Speedway. The only thing I felt was missing was the ending of The Stones' set at Altamont. It felt like a gap. I really wanted to see, given how diffi http://letterboxd.com/mharbour/films/diary/
Great documentary. Every image has so much subtext masked within. Such aggression and fury on every party involved. Hard to say who the true heroes and villains are: The idols, the followers or the Angels. Some pretty deep questions can be asked about this film. Formally, the Maysles and Zwerin made a rock film unlike any other. Excellent camera work and pacing. Definite classic in the documentary genre. Must see.
This incendiary, groundbreaking documentary chronicles the end of the '60's dream as the Maysles Brothers and Zwerin inadvertently capture the horrors of the hastily arranged free concert at Altamont speedway by the Stones at the end of their US tour. The film is masterfully edited into a very cinematic narrative structure and the filmed images are breathtaking. It's just a pity that they also happen to be so awful..
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.
I thought the filming of it was really well done. The film had a good some of darkness, and the stones' shock showed how young they all were, as they seemed pretty immature about it all. This film did capture the cultural storm of Altamonte very well.
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.