New York: Maysles Films, 1970. Archive including the paste-up maquette, proof, and final print of a photo-montage variant poster for the 1970 film, made for its premiere in New York City, and posted strictly on walls around the city.
A poster design that, unlike the final one used, conveys the chaos, bleakness, and ultimately depressive air of the documentary, and one that arguably influenced Robert Frank's montage design for the cover of the band's next record, the seminal "Exile on Main Street."
A legendary documentary, chronicling the final weeks of the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour behind "Let It Bleed," culminating in the disastrous free concert at Altamont Speedway. A film associated with the Direct Cinema movement of the 1950s and 1960s, of which the Maysles were an important part, but just as much the beginning of a new style of "reactionary" documentary filmmaking, wherein the events being documented lead the film rather than the film being led by a preconceived idea.
Maquette: 18 x 25.5 (46 x 65 cm), executed on art board with tape, with its original tissue overlay, with some browning to the tape, but not the maquette itself, Very Good to Near Fine overall. Proof: 9 x 15.5 inches (23 x 40 cm), glossy stock, rolled, with a few tiny stains at the top margin, easily Near Fine. Poster: 29.75 x 44.5 (75.5 x 114 cm), rolled, on archival linen, Fine.
Criterion Collection 99. Weldon 1996.