The Spirit of '68 Film Series: GIMME SHELTER


Location: Browning Cinema (View on map )


Documentary, 1970, 91 minutes, English

Introduction by Anthony Monta, associate director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies

Free tickets are available while supplies last at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies (1060 Nanovic Hall).

Called the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour. When three hundred thousand members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco’s Altamont Speedway, Direct Cinema pioneers David and Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin were there to immortalize on film the bloody clash that transformed a decade's dreams into disillusionment.

Film Series: The Spirit of '68

In all respects, 1968 was a watershed year on both sides of the Atlantic. Social and political divisions exploded as a result of unresolved domestic conflicts and military actions abroad. Everywhere the boundaries of conventional behavior and social mores were tested.

At the same time, and in the context of these conflicts, 1968 was a year of remarkable creativity in the arts. These developments went hand in hand with innovative experiments in life-styles and community living, an expanded awareness of environmental dangers, and new forms of democratic participation.

Like the other arts, cinema captured the spirit of the times. Perhaps no better focus for attention came from music, where live concerts became vehicles for exploring all the innovation that the spirit of '68 had to offer.


All films will be shown in the THX-certified Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for ND/SMC faculty/staff, and $4 for students/children at 574-631-2800, or visit