Another classic from another legendary documentarian, Albert Maysles. Here, the volatility doesn't just exist backstage, it permeates every scene, swelling as the film leads up to its explosive climax: the Rolling Stones' concert at Altamont, where a clash between Hell's Angels and fans results in death. Maysles follows the band's 1969 tour, and the feeling of dread is inescapable; the fact that we know what's coming at the end in no way depletes it of its suspense. Mick Jagger tries to quell tensions from the stage, but even being a sexy and charming rock star does no good in a violent crowd of hundreds of thousands. The band's reaction to the footage afterward is chilling.
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