This tragic, harrowing film follows the Rolling Stones on their 1969 US tour, which ended with the violent debacle at Altamont. Gimme Shelter is one of the great concert films—and in 2020 celebrates its 50th anniversary. Filmed in a cinema-verité style by legendary documentarians the Maysles Brothers with Charlotte Zwerin, we go behind the scenes with the Stones as they approach their artistic height, between the Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed LPs and only a couple of years before Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street would cement them as legends. Following the Stones to Muscle Shoals and Madison Square Garden, the film’s moral center revolves the controversial and violent Altamont Free Concert, attended by some 300,000 revelers, which ended as one of rock’s great failures, albeit fascinating for unintended reasons. Gimme Shelter perceptively tracks the strange occurrences around the Stones of ‘69, cementing its place in documentary and rock lore.
Part of the 37th Annual Reel Music Festival.