GIMME SHELTER (1970)

Dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin

The documentary, often hailed as the greatest rock film ever made, was a product of accident. After filming the Rolling Stones' 1969 Madison Square Garden concert, Albert and David Maysles secured permission to accompany the group on the rest of their tour. It started out as a light-hearted portrait of one of the world's great rock groups but turned into a searing commentary on the end of the Woodstock Generation at the Stones’ final appearance, a concert at the Altamont Speedway in Northern California. With the crowd increasingly out of control, an audience member was killed by a Hells Angel hired to work security, with the event captured on camera. Filming in the "Direct Cinema" style they had helped pioneer with Primary (1960) and SALESMAN (1968), the Maysles offered no commentary or in-depth investigation. They simply recorded events as they happened, combining stunning musical performances by the Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Ike and Tina Turner and The Flying Burrito Brothers, with an objective picture of events that shook the world. TCM presents the documentary as part of its tribute to Albert Maysles.

In attendance: Albert Maysles, Haskell Wexler, Joan Churchill.

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