Rolling Stones Sympathy For the Devil

Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard

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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


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 40230780
UPC 037871100591
UPC 14 00037871100591
Format DVD
Release Date 10/21/2003
Essential Cinema
New Wave (Film)
Race Relations
Rock And Roll
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Mojo 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
Jean-Luc Godard
Name Rolling Stones
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Cast & Crew
Anne Wiazemsky - Featured
Charlie Watts - Featured
Iain Quarrier - Producer
Mick Jagger - Featured
Sean Lynch - Narrator
The Rolling Stones - Music
Brian Jones - Featured
Michael Pearson - Producer
Jean-Luc Godard - Screenwriter
Eleni Collard - Executive Producer
Marianne Faithfull - Featured
The Rolling Stones - Featured
Keith Richards - Featured
Anita Pallenberg - Featured
Anthony Richmond - Director of Photography
Bill Wyman - Featured
Jean-Luc Godard - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1970
Catalog ID 10059
UPC 00037871100591
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Product Attributes
Actor Rolling Stones
Label Abkco Music & Records
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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