The film is not only about and built on rock n roll, but it seems to itself be rock n roll: the sex, the drugs, and the violence of it. Chronicling a doomed U.S. tour with the Rolling Stones, the film shows the dark collapse of the hippie dream, and the death of a generation’s ideals and values in a folly of explosive, unfocused violence. It’s also a great concert film, with captivating musical performances.
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..