David and Albert Maysles's 1970 documentary on the Rolling Stones concert that killed. The film is a strong example of the cinema verite style at work, yet few films of the school show up the crisis of its “noninvolvement” policy more tellingly. There is a horrible sense of helplessness as the Maysleses' camera looks on while the Hell's Angels stab an unruly fan to death, and the implications of hippie fascism contained in that image are not meaningfully developed in light of the film's own excessive idolization of Jagger and company. The camera that looks up too easily looks down.
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