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Gimme Shelter [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

  • NR
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This documentary of the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour has become a legendary, harrowing symbol of the tragic demise of the "Peace and Love" era. After a successful tour across the United States, the Rolling Stones gave a free December concert at Altamont Speedway in California with the Grateful Dead (not seen performing), Ike and Tina Turner, Jefferson Airplane, and the Flying Burrito Brothers (all seen performing one song each). The poorly planned show was fraught with problems from its inception. The band unwisely selected the Hells Angels motorcycle club to provide security, and after the pre-existing chaos was fueled by very visible alcohol and drug abuse, the bikers resorted to violence to keep the stoned, restless, and often naked crowd in line. The result: dozens of injuries and the on-screen stabbing of a young African-American man (during "Sympathy for the Devil," no less) by one of the concert's "staff security."

    In a manipulative but effective move, the Maysles brothers and Charlotte Zwerin filmed Mick Jagger in the editing room witnessing the on-camera murder for the first time. But aside from that unexpected drama, the film also works as a rock-and-roll document, capturing the band at their most relaxed, intoxicating, and electrifying.
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  • Credits
    Ike Turner,Tina Turner,Anna,Mae Bullock,Marty Balin,Melvin Belli,Paul Kantner,Grace Slick
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Mesmerizing....The only rock-and-roll film that exerts the saturnine intensity of a thriller..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Framed with photographic precision in an all-out combat zone, this is a landmark documentary..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...A genuinely scary affair, a slow-motion depiction of a cultural car crash, which turned the dewy-eyed optimism of Woodstock on its head..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...A gripping chronicle of the Stones at their height..."
    Rolling Stone

    5 stars out of 5 -- "In its unwilted capacity to shock and palpable sense of a culture shifting, SHELTER gives potent testimony to tragedy."
    Total Film

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