Angels, stones, hunters: murder, celebrity and direct cinema
Taylor & Francis
Direct cinema’s attempt to withhold itself from the world is ethically problematic. The helplessness of documentary subjects and audiences is underscored by this observational style. In Gimme Shelter – a concert film by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin about the Rolling Stones and the fatal violence at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival – social actors are forced to submit to a representational frame they cannot ‘see’, let alone access. Moreover, the audience’s own distance from the pro-filmic events is doubly assured: the film maker’s policy of non-interference precludes and/or renders moot a viewer’s impossible desire to intercede on the subjects’ behalf.
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Direct cinema , Ethics , Documentary , Murder , Celebrity , Power
Taylor, A. (2011). Angels, stones, hunters: Murder, celebrity and direct cinema. Studies in Documentary Film, 5(1), 45-60.