Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 109: Wednesday Apr 18

Gimme Shelter (Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 1970):
Curzon Soho, 6.20pm

A rare chance to catch this landmark documentary on the Rolling Stones and the death of the 60s dream

Here is the introduction to the evening: Curzon Cinemas and Canongate Books, in association with GQ, is proud to bring you a rare screening of the Maysles Brothers’ landmark documentary Gimme Shelter followed by Stanley Booth discussing his masterpiece The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones with the writers Geoff Dyer and Mick Brown. Stanley Booth was with the Rolling Stones on their US 1969 tour, which culminated in the notorious free concert at Altamont. The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones gives a remarkable history of the band from their early rhythm‘n’blues days to the end of the 60s. To celebrate the reissue of Booth’s classic book as well as the 50th anniversary of the formation of The Rolling Stones, acclaimed writer and Daily Telegraph journalist Mick Brown, will chair a discussion with Stanley Booth and Geoff Dyer (But Beautiful, Zona, Out of Sheer Rage) after the screening.

Gimme Shelter

Director: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin. USA 1970. 92 mins
In December of 1969, four months after Woodstock, the Rolling Stones gave a free concert in Northern California, at Altamont Speedway. What starts as an electrifying document of the Rolling Stones’ performances on their fiery 1969 American tour, Gimme Shelter switches to an inquiry into the satanic Altamont concert where Hell’s Angels, hired by the group itself, effectively stomped out the last shreds of ’60s Utopia. The film intercuts performances, violence, Mick Jagger’s attempts to cool things down, and a look at the Stones as they watch concert footage and reflect on what happened. Gimme Shelter stands today as a landmark portrait of a band and a generation that changed the stakes forever.

Here is the trailer.

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