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.
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.