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Fairly good look at the Stones on tour. I disliked the way the concert footage had the camera focusing on Mick most of the time. There were other musicians on stage with him, why not spread the camera around a bit more? There was a little too much of the camera zooming in on someone who either just sat there and stared or mumbled something that was hard to hear. I also felt there could have been less panning over the crowd of stone heads, and more time given to the various entertainers. I would particularly have liked to see more of the Jefferson Airplane. However, the open murder of a man by the Hells Angels near the end was graphic and brutal, clearly showing what a mistake it is to put oneself in a crowd of rowdies high on dope and alcohol. This film was more a tribute to Mick Jagger than a commentary on the rock/drug culture of the late 60's. For all the faults I listed, I still consider the film to be well worth watching.
Documentary of the last few days of the Rolling Stones 1969 concert. Starting in Madison Square Gardens and ending in the violent concert at Altamont Speedway. This is the only way to see how horrible that famous rock tragedy was. Amazing. **** out of ****
Superb documentasry about the Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway in 1969 that resulted in a murder. As a concert film, the Stones are at their best--the footage is excellent, Mick Jagger is young and vibrant and they perform their best songs. As a documentary it shows the Altamont concert, which was all about peace and love, slowly turning violent. For some reason, the Hells Angels were hired as security and their behavior turned the mood violent and ugly. At one point Jefferson Airplane (performing before the Stones) had their lead singer knocked unconscious by the Angels. In a chilling scene you see an Angel angrily threatening the other members and Grace Slick doing her best to calm everyone down. We briefly see Ike and Tina Turner perform too. When the Stones came on, everything fell apart. There was rampant violence (especially when they started to do "Sympathy for the Devil"), beatings and a fatal stabbing was caught on camera! Just simply a wonderful, if scary film. Not to be missed.
I had the extreme good fortune to participate in a viewing of this documentary with Albert Maysles, one of the directors, and I do mean participate. The film was so utterly spellbinding and so well captured that the reality traveled beyond the screen and truly touched every individual in the room. There was a collective disbelief among the audience as we watched the events that marked a generation, and the impact that we all felt will no doubt last a lifetime. I highly recommend this film for a purely accurate, unfathomable and unforgettable experience.
The re-release of Gimme Shelter is worth seeing. The negative space of the film is particularly enticing. The images surrounding the main subjects (the Stones, the lawyer, etc.) are nothing less than a time machine. It is hard to watch the disillusionment in the faces of so many young people. Many times during the film I totally lost awareness of the camera and felt as though I was looking directly into the eyes of the audience at Altamont.
This was a documentary at its finest and one of the best ever to come out of
a decade where two societies clash at each other
in what some people called the end of the 60's has come to an end.
For the 30th anniversary of this classic masterpiece,the directors(Albert and David Maysles) decided to re-release it back into the theatres for some footage that was never shown in the original. In this one,you'll see the great Mick Jagger at his most outrageous and his electrifying portrayal in which the Stones' captivated the audience never like before. It was at this peak where the Stones' were at the helm of their throne as one of most powerful bands ever(and still going strong to this day!). It may have been an one of a kind musical documentary,but it was something to see as well. Check out the scenes between the groups of Hell's Angels and the drug crazed hipples and black panthers(yes,black panthers)in a battle to be witnessed during the Stones' concert at the Altamont speedway......... There are some great concert footage here too.....check out a young Tina Turner doing a rendition of a classic Otis Redding song "I've Been Loving You Too Long",along with then husband Ike Turner,and great footage of Neil Young and Crazy Horse as well. After there is a lesson to be learned here....NEVER get members of Hell's Angels for any security for a concert....you'll never know what may happen.......
(Review refers to:) 2001 Digitally remastered version of the 1970 movie of the Rolling Stones 1969 Altamont concert. Apart from archiving a musical milestone onto celluloid, the film chronicles with nail-biting tension the progression and difficulties of staging a free concert for an audience of 300,000 and how the end of the flower-power era of love and peace was heralded with the stabbing of an audience member by Hells Angels security guards. Better than you'd expect if you get a chance to see it.
Wow. Words fail to describe. This is definitely the greatest rock 'n' roll documentary I have ever laid eyes upon. It has everything. Good music, studio sessions, concert footage, hippies... and it gives you chance to see the Stones off stage, behind the scenes. Plus, there's a whole load of extras on the DVD. This movie also gives a lot of information about the tragedy at Altamont. What happened, why it may have happened, how they went about arranging the free concert, and it lets you see all sides of the story.. at least to an extent. If you're a fan of the Rolling Stones I would definitely recommend you see this. My appreciation for them was amplified by 10. I would also recommend this movie if you're interested in music, the 60's, or music from the 60's. :) It's absolutely wonderful.
Great film. Disturbing, ominous, everything the good reviews
But ... no none mentions that this contains the best argument against public nudity I've ever seen. E.g., the very fat man who stands around at the concert (this guy has eaten way too many slices of pizza!), and then the overly-plump totally nude female who tries to climb on the stage with Mick Jagger. Gross! Put some clothes on, people!!! Or, if you have to dance naked, at least have a decent-looking body to show for it. Yecch!!!
december 1969...litterally the end of the 60s. the rolling stones (along with a few others) held a free concert at altamont speedway in san francisco. for some unexplained reason they hired the hell's angels as their security force. the maysles brothers and zwerin do a good job of constructing the film as a build up to the climax. at the very beginning of the film we see mick jagger responding to accounts of the near riot after it happened. then we jump back in time to concerts before the concert in SF. we know something bad happens, but we're not sure what and we only see the band members' reactions to it the next day. so the rest of the film acts as a contrast to what ends up happening in the last half hour or so; it also shows the behind the scenes politicking and logistics work that leads up to the hastily thrown together concert at altamont. the filmmakers edit the film well - jumping between the managers and the live shows in new york or elsewhere. we see how crowds act at other venues and get a feel for the rolling stones, both on and off the stage. as a piece of filmmaking it's quite good. as a historical document it may be even better. it's easy to make the film into something much more than it may be. the inability of the crowd and the hell's angels to get along throughout the concert could be extrapolated as being symbolic of the failures of the hippie movement in general. upon reflection i think that that would be a bit of an overstatement, but while i was watching the film and just swishing the idea around in my head it did seem to hold some water. altamont was four months after woodstock...mlk and rfk were already dead and the "60s" as a movement was, by most accounts, dead before the 70s actually came around. it's easy to see how one might site this as a failure of the hippie philosophy. jagger and grace slick both plead with the crowd, at several different times, to keep the peace and get along with each other. but as the night wears on the drugged up and excited crowd coupled with the lack of a respectable and proficient security force leads to at least one death and several fights. it's not as chaotic as i have heard it described, but it's definitely not a stable situation either. B.
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