Though upsetting, the film remains an eye-opening eyewitness report on the counterculture experience in its decline.
... put a frame around the notorious Altamont Speedway free concert that became the grim bookend to the decade.
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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.
“Engaging and addictive documentary that I can watch over and over again. The film wisely goes beyond the Rolling Stones and into the Altamont tragedy.”
Jimi Hendrix's landmark concert in Monterey County Fairgrounds in California in which he plays signature songs like "Purp;e Haze," "Foxy Lady," and "Wild Thing."
Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.
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Originally filmed in December 1968, "The Rock and Roll Circus" was originally intended to be released as a television special. The special was filmed over two nights and featured not only ... See full summary »
A whole bunch of questions arose when the critics at Time Out New York were compiling their new list of the fifty greatest documentaries of all time. As they explain in their introduction to the . . . Read more »
Gimme Shelter is the film I’ve seen more than any other. I guess you could say I was obsessed with it for a spell. I saw it first during its premiere New York run in late 1970. Back home in . . . Read more »
“This is a very disturbing film. It is remarkable to see every single mistake that is made along the way.”
By the end of the summer of 1969, my life with the Rolling Stones had taken on a fairy-tale quality. The Stones were the Lost Boys and I was Wendy. True, Brian Jones had died. But even his death . . . Read more »
In the fall of 1969, I landed the coolest possible writing gig: touring with the Rolling Stones on assignment from the New York Times (the Times rejected the hundred-page piece I turned in, but . . . Read more »
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“best rock n' roll documentary of all time. I was at Altamont and these guys nailed the glory that it wasn't. ”
It's knowing about the killing, and waiting for it to happen on the screen that gives the film its energy and thrust.
Called the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour. When three hundred thousand members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco’s Altamont Speedway, Direct Cinema pioneers David and Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin were there to immortalize on film the bloody slash that transformed a decade’s dreams into disillusionment.
Today, we’re celebrating the release on Blu-ray and DVD of Les Blank’s legendary Leon Russell music documentary A Poem Is a Naked Person. And while we’re on the topic of fascinating nonfiction . . . Read more »
A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.
Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.
“Makes for a great double bill with Woodstock. It also reminds the audience how great the Rolling Stones used to be.”
All the opening bands had finished playing, and it was time for the Stones to come out. The sun was still out and there was plenty of daylight left. The crowd had waited all day to see the . . . Read more »
A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.
The counterculture era documentary is associated with the Direct Cinema movement of the 1950s and 1960s. It was directed by The Maysles Brothers who are strong figures of the era. The movement revolves around the philosophy of being a "reactive" filmmaker, recording events as they unfold naturally and spontaneously rather than investigating the subject matter through documentary techniques such as interviews, reconstruction and voiceover.
Gimme Shelter documents the last ten days of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 North American tour, from the ecstatic appearances at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving weekend to the disastrous free . . . Read more »
“This legendary doc chronicles how an infamous concert became a benchmark, signaling the end of the love generation, unfolding in real time. ”
The most fascinating aspect about the film is how it traces the anatomy of the disaster that was Altamont.
An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.
The first words we hear are Sam Cutler’s: “Everybody seems to be ready—are we ready?” We were nowhere near ready for what was to come, there at the bitter end of the sixties. I remember that . . . Read more »
A pregnant teenager flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected by her stepmother and forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative.
This seminal docu of the Rolling Stones free concert, in which a black youth was stabbed by Hell's Angels, raises crucial questions about cinema verite style, moral ambiguity, complicity, and mass behavior.
The credited camera operators for Altamont included a young George Lucas. At the concert, Lucas' camera jammed after shooting about 100 feet (30 m) of film. None of his footage was incorporated into the final cut.
Gimme Shelter (1970)
A concert film taken from two Rolling Stones concerts during their 1972 North American tour.
A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.
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The Maysles brothers filmed the first concert of the tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City. After the concert, the Maysles brothers asked the Rolling Stones if they could film them on tour, and the band agreed.
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