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Encyclopedia > Gimme Shelter (documentary)
Gimme Shelter

Original film poster
Directed by Albert and David Maysles
Charlotte Zwerin
Produced by Porter Bibb
Ronald Schneider
Starring The Rolling Stones
Cinematography Albert and David Maysles
Editing by Charlotte Zwerin
Distributed by Maysles Films
Release date(s) December 6, 1970
Running time 91 min
Country United States
Language English
Official website
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Gimme Shelter is a 1970 documentary film directed by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, chronicling the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour, which culminated in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. The film is named after "Gimme Shelter", the lead track from the Rolling Stones' 1969 album Let It Bleed.
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Context

The documentary is associated with the Direct Cinema movement of the 50s and 60s. The Maysles Brothers, who directed it, are strong figures of the era. The movement revolves around the philosophy of being a 'reactive' filmmaker. Rather than investigating a subject matter through such documentary techniques as interviews, reconstruction and voiceover, direct cinema simply records events as they unfold naturally and spontaneously - like a 'fly on the wall'.
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Although Gimme Shelter was part of this 'fly on the wall' philosophy, there is much ambiguity to just how 'reactive' it really is. A lot of factors within the film have lead to its dubbing as a 'Movie'--something constructed and fictional--rather than a 'documentary' which is generally perceived as being more objective and non-fictional. The philosopher Socrates about to take poison hemlock as ordered by the court. ... Look up ambiguity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Template:Wiktionarypar objective Objective may be: Objective lens, an optical element in a camera or microscope. ...

  • (As the producer of the film (Ron Schneider), I can say with surety, that there was no ambiguity, the entire project evolved over the period of time from the shooting of the footage at Madison Garden, the decision between David Maysles and myself to make it into a film, which was decided on the flight back from SF to NY and the final edits. We always prided ourselves that this was a documentary and not the typical rock and roll concert film. The interviews during the editing were there to capture the Stone's reaction to seeing the events, nothing was construed or fictional!)

Production

The film depicts some of the Madison Square Garden concert, later featured on the live album, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!, as well as the photography session for the cover, featuring Charlie Watts and a donkey. It also shows the Stones at work in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, recording "Wild Horses". Performances documented in the film include Ike and Tina Turner (who was one of the Rolling Stones' opening acts for the 1969 tour), the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Jefferson Airplane. Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert is a live album by The Rolling Stones released in 1970. ... Charles Robert Charlie Watts (born 2 June 1941) is the drummer of The Rolling Stones. ... Muscle Shoals is a city, famous for its music and contributions to American popular music, in Colbert County, Alabama, USA. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 11,924, and is included in The Shoals MSA. // Muscle Shoals is located at (34. ... For other uses, see Wild Horses (disambiguation). ... Izear Luster Turner (born November 5, 1931) is an African American musician (piano, guitar), bandleader, talent scout and record producer, best known for his work with his former wife Tina Turner. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Cover of The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969) The Flying Burrito Brothers were an early country rock band, best known for their massively influential debut album, 1969s The Gilded Palace of Sin. ... Jefferson Airplane is an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ...


Much of the film chronicles the behind-the-scenes dealmaking that took place to make the free Altamont concert happen. The action then turns on the concert itself at the Altamont Speedway, the security for which was provided by the Hells Angels. As the day progressed, with drug-taking and drinking by the Angels and members of the audience, the mood turned ugly. Fights broke out during performances by Jefferson Airplane (at one point lead singer Marty Balin was knocked out by a Hells Angel) and the Flying Burrito Brothers. By the time the Stones hit the stage, the crowd was especially restless. This article concerns the music festival. ... This article is about the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. ... Jefferson Airplane is an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ... Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald, January 30, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American musician. ...


It was during "Under My Thumb" that a gun-toting fan, Meredith Hunter, was stabbed to death by a member of the Angels. Some sources at the time stated that it was because the Stones opened their performance with 'Sympathy For the Devil' that the murder took place, as they had cursed the event.[citation needed] Under My Thumb is a song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for The Rolling Stones. ... Meredith Hunter Meredith Hunter (October 24, 1951 – December 6, 1969) was stabbed to death directly in front of the stage at the Altamont Speedway rock festival during the Rolling Stones performance. ...


A young George Lucas was a camera operator for the Altamont concert. However, his camera jammed after shooting about 100 feet of film, and none of his footage was incorporated in the final cut.[citation needed] George Walton Lucas, Jr. ...


Songs performed

The Rolling Stones

Jumpin Jack Flash is a song by English rock and roll band The Rolling Stones, released as a single in 1968. ... Music sample (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... You Gotta Move may refer to: You Gotta Move, a song by The Rolling Stones from their 1971 album Sticky Fingers You Gotta Move, a song by Heatmiser from their 1996 album Mic City Sons Category: ... For other uses, see Wild Horses (disambiguation). ... Muscle Shoals is a city located in Colbert County, Alabama, USA. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 11,924. ... Brown Sugar is a song by British rock and roll band the Rolling Stones. ... Love in Vain is a 1937 blues song written by Robert Johnson, and can be found on a number of compilation albums of Johnsons work (most notably on the vinyl album , that, along with Vol. ... Honky Tonk Women was a 1969 hit song by the Rolling Stones. ... Street Fighting Man, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, is a song by The Rolling Stones recorded in 1968. ... Sympathy for the Devil is a song by The Rolling Stones. ... Under My Thumb is a song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for The Rolling Stones. ... This article is about The Rolling Stones song. ...

Ike and Tina Turner

Ive Been Loving You Too Long is a song written by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler for Otis Reddings third album, Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul. ...

Jefferson Airplane

  • "The Other Side of This Life" (at Altamont)

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Flying Burrito Brothers

  • "Six Days on the Road" (at Altamont)

External links

  • Gimme Shelter at the Internet Movie Database
  • Official website at Mayslesfilms.com
  • "Gimme Shelter: The true story" at Salon.com
  • Criterion Collection essay by Ralph "Sonny" Barger
  • Criterion Collection essay by Amy Taubin
  • Criterion Collection essay by Stanley Booth
  • Criterion Collection essay by Georgia Bergman
  • Criterion Collection essay by Michael Lydon
  • Criterion Collection essay by Godfrey Cheshire

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

Literature

  • Dave Saunders, Direct Cinema: Observational Documentary and the Politics of the Sixties, London, Wallflower Press 2007

 
 

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