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Director: Jean-Luc Godard     Starring: Rolling Stones
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40230780
UPC: 037871100591
UPC 14: 00037871100591
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A song of revolution unlike any thats ever been sung Godards use of a rolling stones recording session as a grand metaphor for growth. He devotes half the movies running time to this. Scenes of the stones rehearsing alternate with sequences of pop political cartoons the informing idea is sheer genius.System Requirements: Running Time 101 MinFormat: DVD VIDEO
Editor's Note
Jean-Luc Godard's SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL is an exhilarating, provocative pastiche of a motion picture. While the focus of the film is on The Rolling Stones song after which the film is titled, a series of abstract fictional vignettes in the second half of the film allows Godard to probe topics as diverse as Black Power, pornography, and the irony of interviewing celebrities. These extended sequences elevate the film above a simple portrait of the English rockers, constructing an intimate examination of the cultural and political movements of the '60s. It is also a fascinating study of the intellectual aesthetic that Godard developed toward the end of the decade.

This film can actually be viewed as two movies in one. In addition to the aforementioned vignettes, the film shows The Rolling Stones in a London studio rehearsing "Sympathy For the Devil," a song that became one of the era's most powerful statements. The band (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman) takes a loose outline of this song and turns it into a stirring, fully realized creation. Beginning as a ballad, the track gradually acquires a pulsating groove, which gets Jagger into a rousing vocal display of soulful emotion that Godard is lucky enough to capture on film. Showing that rock & roll is more than just partying and goofing off, SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL is a brilliant portrait of the creative process at its most collaborative and arousing.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/21/2003
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1970
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 10059
Video UPC UPC: 00037871100591
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anne Wiazemsky - Featured
Video Cast Info Charlie Watts - Featured
Video Cast Info Iain Quarrier - Producer
Video Cast Info Mick Jagger - Featured
Video Cast Info Sean Lynch - Narrator
Video Cast Info The Rolling Stones - Music
Video Cast Info Brian Jones - Featured
Video Cast Info Michael Pearson - Producer
Video Cast Info Jean-Luc Godard - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Eleni Collard - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Marianne Faithfull - Featured
Video Cast Info The Rolling Stones - Featured
Video Cast Info Keith Richards - Featured
Video Cast Info Anita Pallenberg - Featured
Video Cast Info Anthony Richmond - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Bill Wyman - Featured
Video Cast Info Jean-Luc Godard - Director

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...The process is amazing....An odd and fascinating piece of musical propaganda." 11/25/1994 p.91

Rolling Stone
"...The Stones and their ladies look incredibly cool..." 12/11/2003 p.219

4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s a memento of both the Stones' genius and 1968's pop-cultural turbulence, Godard's film -- whatever it's called -- is essential art." 06/01/2006 p.130

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Jean Luc Godard's 1968 footage of The Rolling Stones in their swarthy, flamboyant prime is as much a socio-political propaganda piece as it is a rockumentary." 07/01/2006 p.121

Sight and Sound
"Surprisingly heavy-going, this is part polemic, part rock-music documentary." 08/01/2006 p.100

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Rolling Stones
Product attributeLabel:   Abkco Music & Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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