Gimme Shelter (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, 1970)


Mick Jagger and Melvin “Jor-El” Belli: partners in vain, self-righteous douchebaggery.

Otherwise, who knew one of the most prolific bands of all time would be this dull and uninteresting off the stage and be this unworthy of a feature-length documentary (a documentary that feels disingenuous from the very first moment, by the way…those scenes of the Maysles reviewing the Altamont footage with Jagger are just ridiculous in how staged they seem. If Jagger couldn’t act in those cobbled-together scenes, can you imagine what a disaster Fitzcarraldo would’ve been if he had starred in it like Herzog originally planned?  )?

But hey, at least Meredith Hunter’s hemorrhaging torso made things interesting at the end, amiright?





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