#7. Gimme Shelter (1970)

It’s part concert film, part rockumentary and part CSI episode. This Maysles’ film about the Rolling Stones takes on a surreal quality as we watch the members of the band watch parts of the film themselves. Most gripping is the final show at 1969’s Altamont Free Concert, in which Mick Jagger was unable to corral the guardian Hells Angels from killing one of the audience. Riveting stuff.

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Tom Roston
Tom Roston is a guest columnist for POV's documentary blog. He is a former Premiere magazine senior editor, who graduated from Brown University and started his career in journalism at The Nation and then Vanity Fair. Tom's freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications. He has written several Kindle Singles, including the bestselling Kindle Singles Interview: Ken Burns. Tom's current list of favorite documentaries are: 1. Koyanisqaatsi by Godfrey Reggio; 2. Hoop Dreams by Steve James; 3.Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley; 4.Crumb by Terry Zwigoff; 5. Montage of Heck by Brett Morgen