"Why are we fighting?" Mick Jagger says into the mic. Only it's not a peace-love-freedom statement about Vietnam or civil rights, but a frantic plea for his own crowd to keep their shit together. This is an astounding documentary, the idealism of the 60s committing suicide on film—it's sobering and mournful, clear-eyed toward both rebels and squares, and proof that, if nothing else, the music will endure.
The bloody corpse of the American dream is on display along with the ravaged hope of the 'peace and love' generation in this remarkable documentary by the Maysles brothers and Charlotte Zwerin. The infamous Altamont concert is one of legend with its hasty organization and poorly planned security that resulted in 4 deaths. The air of violence and chaos is well captured as is the Stones' interaction in its aftermath.
"Gimme Shelter" starts off like any concert film, but by the end things take a dramatic turn. This film is an example of reactive filmmaking where the filmmakers simply record events as they happen spontaneously. Another example of this technique is Wadleigh's terrific documentary "Woodstock". This film manages to capture one of the Rolling Stones most infamous concerts and for that reason alone it is worth a watch.
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/