|Hell’s Angel Bob Roberts looking decidedly unimpressed by Mick Jagger’s posturing|
By the time the Stones take to the stage, the film is verging on the surreal. At one point an Alsatian ambles across the edge of the stage, while the crowd in the front rows stumble over parked motorcycles to the wrath of the Angels. The scene where the Stones are airlifted out of the speedway resembles the footage of the evacuation of the American embassy during the fall of Saigon, complete with members of the entourage clawing for a spot on the helicopter. On the accompanying commentary track, Albert Maysles’ offers a chilling post-script to the film: when the concert concluded, the Angels lit a huge bonfire to which the hippies were inexorably drawn to, and the beatings and violence continued throughout the night.