Gimme Shelter (1970) #MovieReview

Film 165 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1970’s “Gimme Shelter”. This music documentary was directed by three people, Albert & David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, and looks at the last weeks of The Rolling Stones’ 1969 US tour which culminated in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. This felt like I was watching a Rolling Stones Live DVD until we got to Altamont. When we get to that part, that’s when it gets tough to watch. Because you know something bad is going to happen. And bad things did happen. People were killed. If there is anything good to note about the concert, I would love to know because I couldn’t find anything. It clearly was a complete disaster from start to finish. As someone who hasn’t been to a massive concert like this, Download, Leeds & Reading, Creamfields etc., does stuff like this happen? Let me know some of you concert memories in the comments. This film has taught me two things; one – how not to organise a concert. Two – don’t hire The Hell’s Angels to be your security. The only smart people to not go to Altamont were The Grateful Dead. They were there but pulled out at the last minute because of the amount of violence. Overall, I can’t recommend this unless you really want to see what happened at Altamont for yourself. If anyone wants a more detailed version of what happened then visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamont_Free_Concert. Fun Fact of the Film – George Lucas worked as a cameraman on the film, although his footage was not used in the end. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments along with some of your concert memories. Here is what I had to say while watching 1970’s “Gimme Shelter”

Film – Gimme Shelter
Year – 1970
Director – Albert & David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin
Staring – The Rolling Stones
IMDb Rating – 7.9/10
My Rating – 6.5/10
Length – 91 min (1h 31min)
Genre – Documentary, Music
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We open with The Rolling Stones riding donkeys on the motorway for a photo shoot
Now for a live version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
Am I the only person who sees Mick Jagger dance as the type of dance you see your dad do when he’s drunk at a wedding
Also, is it me or Mick seems to have forgotten how “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” goes?
So… The band likes to watch their concerts back
4 births and 4 deaths at Altamont Free concert according to the radio
The organizer says this has hurt the concert
One of the Hells Angels, Sonny, says Mick Jagger is to blame for all the deaths
You touch my bike… You WILL die!
Is it bad that I’ve forgotten this person’s name?
Time for another song – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
Is Keith Richard’s guitar see-through?
You can’t really say much when their performing
Time for Mick to try and pick up a woman while fighting through the feedback
Is this filmed in Madison Square Garden?
At a press conference, the band are asked if they feel satisfied
Mick just criticized himself
A free Rolling Stones gig in San Francisco – Bet that was big news in 1969
The owner of Altamont Free is on the phone with Rolling Stones’s manager
He wants Mick to pay for any damages they create
The manager suggest using high paid security to protect the band at Altamont Free
Thanks for staying at The Holiday Inn
At a music studio in Alabama, they listen to “Wild Horses”
No recording session is complete without beer
Any reason why we were looking at Keith’s snakeskin boots for so long?
Now we’re in the hotel… Let’s read the newspaper to “Brown Sugar”
Better escape the hotel via helicopter
Time for another live song
Back an at the studio and nothing is happening
Out of all the places to lie down, Keith chooses behind the mixing desk
Need more Jim Bean
You like my shirt? It’s Marilyn Monroe
Back at the meeting
Is that a drawing of a penis in the background?
I know it’s a charity gig but I still want my 10%
20/50,000 kids are already making their way to Altamont
Is Altamont bigger than Woodstock?
“This isn’t a concert! It’s an excuse for friends to get together and get stoned”
Ike and Tina Turner? What are you doing here? Anyway, time for them to perform “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”
While you do that, we’ll warm up backstage
Time for The Rolling Stones to perform “Love in Vain”
Back at the meeting again
The organiser wants The Rolling Stones to perform
Mr Carter has arrived to the meeting
150 x 80 = 12,000 cars can park on his speedway
That’s not enough as they have up to 50,000 more cars to park
Time for another song – I think it’s “Honky Tonk Woman” or “Street Fighting Man”
“The Rolling Stones free concert will be on tomorrow”
The original gig was meant to be at Golden Gate Park
400 volunteers are helping get the concert ready… By having a campfire and beers
How dare you try and grab at Mick’s legs!
Have a free basket!
Is parking always this difficult when concerts like this, Download, Leeds & Reading take place?
The Stones have arrived at Altamont via helicopter and are already mobbed
Did someone just punch Mick?
And they’ve brough The Hell’s Angels with them
Get off the scaffolding!
That is a massive bottle of booze
Don’t mind us taking a piss here
One man is selling LSD
One man, who’s really high on LSD, tries to be friends with the sound man
Turns out that the building of stage isn’t finished and 150,000 people are already here
Defend The Panther Party are taking donations
Someone has just given birth
Random naked woman has been picked up by two men
Can all the photographers and cameramen please leave! – If I was there, I would say no
Meanwhile, The Hell’s Angels are the only bit of entertainment these fans have
One fat naked Mexican seems happy to be here
Time for The Flying Buffalo Brothers to open up with “Six Days on the Road”
And it didn’t take long for fans to throw bottles, frisbies and bubbles at them
The Hell’s Angels just make their mark by attacking fans with pool cues
I know no one’s playing on stage but I brought a flute with me just incase
Mick wants to leave his trailer but he can’t
Now it’s time for Jefferson Airplane to perform “The Other Side of This Life”
He seems happy to be there
Naked woman!
Does taking a large amount of drugs make you want to strip?
And another fight has broken out but the drummer of Jefferson Airplane is still playing
Jefferson Airplane get into an arguement with The Hell’s Angels which causes more fights
More Hell’s Angels arrive on their bikes to annoy the crowd
And now it’s time for The Rolling Stones
Mick tells the crowd to keep calm before performing “Sympathy for the Devil”
It didn’t take long for fans and The Hell’s Angels to attack each other again
They stop the song so they can control the crowd
Let’s continue the song but that’s over with
This is getting hard to watch
One man can’t control 150,000 fans – Sorry Mick
All of you are banned from standing! Everyone sit down
More doctors are needed as during “Under My Thumb” someone has been stabbed
One of The Hell’s Angels has a gun
“It’s so horrible” – Mick as he watches the footage
Police arrived and everyone is scared
Lets get the hell outta here
We can’t leave without Keith’s guitar!
One more song, “Gimme Shelter” as we see fans leaving Altamont
THE ENDFilm 165 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1970’s “Gimme Shelter”. This music documentary was directed by three people, Albert & David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, and looks at the last weeks of The Rolling Stones’ 1969 US tour which culminated in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. This felt like I was watching a Rolling Stones Live DVD until we got to Altamont. When we get to that part, that’s when it gets tough to watch. Because you know something bad is going to happen. And bad things did happen. People were killed. If there is anything good to note about the concert, I would love to know because I couldn’t find anything. It clearly was a complete disaster from start to finish. As someone who hasn’t been to a massive concert like this, Download, Leeds & Reading, Creamfields etc., does stuff like this happen? Let me know some of you concert memories in the comments. This film has taught me two things; one – how not to organise a concert. Two – don’t hire The Hell’s Angels to be your security. The only smart people to not go to Altamont were The Grateful Dead. They were there but pulled out at the last minute because of the amount of violence. Overall, I can’t recommend this unless you really want to see what happened at Altamont for yourself. If anyone wants a more detailed version of what happened then visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamont_Free_Concert. Fun Fact of the Film – George Lucas worked as a cameraman on the film, although his footage was not used in the end. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments along with some of your concert memories. Here is what I had to say while watching 1970’s “Gimme Shelter”

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Film – Gimme Shelter
Year – 1970
Director – Albert & David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin
Staring – The Rolling Stones
IMDb Rating – 7.9/10
My Rating – 6.5/10
Length – 91 min (1h 31min)
Genre – Documentary, Music
We open with The Rolling Stones riding donkeys on the motorway for a photo shoot
Now for a live version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
Am I the only person who sees Mick Jagger dance as the type of dance you see your dad do when he’s drunk at a wedding
Also, is it me or Mick seems to have forgotten how “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” goes?
So… The band likes to watch their concerts back
4 births and 4 deaths at Altamont Free concert according to the radio
The organizer says this has hurt the concert
One of the Hells Angels, Sonny, says Mick Jagger is to blame for all the deaths
You touch my bike… You WILL die!
Is it bad that I’ve forgotten this person’s name?
Time for another song – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
Is Keith Richard’s guitar see-through?
You can’t really say much when their performing
Time for Mick to try and pick up a woman while fighting through the feedback
Is this filmed in Madison Square Garden?
At a press conference, the band are asked if they feel satisfied
Mick just criticized himself
A free Rolling Stones gig in San Francisco – Bet that was big news in 1969
The owner of Altamont Free is on the phone with Rolling Stones’s manager
He wants Mick to pay for any damages they create
The manager suggest using high paid security to protect the band at Altamont Free
Thanks for staying at The Holiday Inn
At a music studio in Alabama, they listen to “Wild Horses”
No recording session is complete without beer
Any reason why we were looking at Keith’s snakeskin boots for so long?
Now we’re in the hotel… Let’s read the newspaper to “Brown Sugar”
Better escape the hotel via helicopter
Time for another live song
Back an at the studio and nothing is happening
Out of all the places to lie down, Keith chooses behind the mixing desk
Need more Jim Bean
You like my shirt? It’s Marilyn Monroe
Back at the meeting
Is that a drawing of a penis in the background?
I know it’s a charity gig but I still want my 10%
20/50,000 kids are already making their way to Altamont
Is Altamont bigger than Woodstock?
“This isn’t a concert! It’s an excuse for friends to get together and get stoned”
Ike and Tina Turner? What are you doing here? Anyway, time for them to perform “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”
While you do that, we’ll warm up backstage
Time for The Rolling Stones to perform “Love in Vain”
Back at the meeting again
The organiser wants The Rolling Stones to perform
Mr Carter has arrived to the meeting
150 x 80 = 12,000 cars can park on his speedway
That’s not enough as they have up to 50,000 more cars to park
Time for another song – I think it’s “Honky Tonk Woman” or “Street Fighting Man”
“The Rolling Stones free concert will be on tomorrow”
The original gig was meant to be at Golden Gate Park
400 volunteers are helping get the concert ready… By having a campfire and beers
How dare you try and grab at Mick’s legs!
Have a free basket!
Is parking always this difficult when concerts like this, Download, Leeds & Reading take place?
The Stones have arrived at Altamont via helicopter and are already mobbed
Did someone just punch Mick?
And they’ve brough The Hell’s Angels with them
Get off the scaffolding!
That is a massive bottle of booze
Don’t mind us taking a piss here
One man is selling LSD
One man, who’s really high on LSD, tries to be friends with the sound man
Turns out that the building of stage isn’t finished and 150,000 people are already here
Defend The Panther Party are taking donations
Someone has just given birth
Random naked woman has been picked up by two men
Can all the photographers and cameramen please leave! – If I was there, I would say no
Meanwhile, The Hell’s Angels are the only bit of entertainment these fans have
One fat naked Mexican seems happy to be here
Time for The Flying Buffalo Brothers to open up with “Six Days on the Road”
And it didn’t take long for fans to throw bottles, frisbies and bubbles at them
The Hell’s Angels just make their mark by attacking fans with pool cues
I know no one’s playing on stage but I brought a flute with me just incase
Mick wants to leave his trailer but he can’t
Now it’s time for Jefferson Airplane to perform “The Other Side of This Life”
He seems happy to be there
Naked woman!
Does taking a large amount of drugs make you want to strip?
And another fight has broken out but the drummer of Jefferson Airplane is still playing
Jefferson Airplane get into an arguement with The Hell’s Angels which causes more fights
More Hell’s Angels arrive on their bikes to annoy the crowd
And now it’s time for The Rolling Stones
Mick tells the crowd to keep calm before performing “Sympathy for the Devil”
It didn’t take long for fans and The Hell’s Angels to attack each other again
They stop the song so they can control the crowd
Let’s continue the song but that’s over with
This is getting hard to watch
One man can’t control 150,000 fans – Sorry Mick
All of you are banned from standing! Everyone sit down
More doctors are needed as during “Under My Thumb” someone has been stabbed
One of The Hell’s Angels has a gun
“It’s so horrible” – Mick as he watches the footage
Police arrived and everyone is scared
Lets get the hell outta here
We can’t leave without Keith’s guitar!
One more song, “Gimme Shelter” as we see fans leaving Altamont
THE END
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