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The original rude boys of British rock, The Rolling Stones, tour America, culminating in a death at Altamont.
It's knowing about the killing, and waiting for it to happen on the screen that gives the film its energy and thrust.
... put a frame around the notorious Altamont Speedway free concert that became the grim bookend to the decade.
The most fascinating aspect about the film is how it traces the anatomy of the disaster that was Altamont.
This is a seminal rock doc, and the actual music is only a small part of the magic.
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.
Though upsetting, the film remains an eye-opening eyewitness report on the counterculture experience in its decline.
'Gimme Shelter' is not a concert film but a statement of a sea change, of the group way back when and of an end to its and the public's innocence and to the counterculture that once flourished.
A disturbing time capsule that showcases the anti-Woodstock
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