Sympathy for the Devil

1968

Documentary / Music

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IMDb Rating 6.3 10 2,591

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James Fox as Self
Mick Jagger as Joseph Cassidy
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100 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tim-764-291856 1 / 10 / 10

Jean-Luc Godard's rantings...

Like many, I'm sure, I was under a distinct impression that this had a lot to do with and thus featured a lot of the Rolling Stones. When it came up on Sky Arts, I thought this was a must! Frankly, I only watched all of it as I wanted to write a review. I like the Stones, a bit before my time and I only have their Forty Licks 'Best Of' plus a Live In Concert DVD. Thus, the studio bits of them rehearsing are therefore interesting but hardly essential to me. As it went on, I checked a couple of reviews and started to dread the next 90 mins... I've seen, unfortunately a couple of later Godard's and whilst he used to make amazing films (his 1960's Breathless is one of my all-time favourites) some of his stuff since, including the awful 'Weekend' has been just selfish, incoherent claptrap. He's a prolific fellow, according to IMDb he's directed 98 films! So far... I'm sure there's subliminal messages in amongst the hogwash and it must have been "fun" for stoners and dope-heads to try and extract them. But, for the rest of us, putting one's head in a spinning washing machine is much more fun.

Reviewed by Bunuel1976 8 / 10 / 10

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (Jean-Luc Godard, 1968) **

This "meeting" of two of the finest artists of the 20th Century - Jean-Luc Godard and The Rolling Stones - is truly a missed opportunity. The footage of the band recording their landmark song (probably my favorite Stones track) is certainly fascinating, as we watch the initially slow musical accompaniment for the song taking shape and metamorphose into the energetic, percussion-heavy final version we're familiar with. Sadly, it's also quite apparent here that Brian Jones (who sits in his booth playing his acoustic guitar, rarely communicating with his bandmates except to ask for a cigarette and eventually disappearing altogether in the second half of the film) was slipping away fast. Unfortunately for us viewers, Godard (in full-blown "political activist" mode) unwisely intersperses the recording sessions with lots of boring stuff featuring militant black people spouting "Black Power" philosophy in a junkyard, white political activists reading their "sacred" texts in a book shop while members of the general public are made to slap two of their comrades and give the Nazi salute and, most embarrassingly of all perhaps, Godard's current wife, Anne Wiazemsky (playing Eve Democracy!) is seen being followed by a camera crew in a field and asked the most obtuse "topical" questions imaginable to which she merely answers in the affirmative or the negative! As if this wasn't enough, the film has undoubtedly the murkiest soundtrack I've ever had the misfortune to hear (so that I often had to rely on the forced Italian subtitles present on the VHS copy I was watching) and I'd bet that even Robert Altman would have objected to Godard's occasional overlapping on the soundtrack of the Stones recording, the Black Power spoutings, an anonymous narrator reading a (mercifully) hilarious pulp novel, etc. For some inexplicable reason then, the film ends on a beach where an unidentified film crew is filming a battle sequence!! Godard's original intention was to not include the song "Sympathy For The Devil" in its entirety and when producer Iain Quarrier overruled him, he jumped up on London's National Film Theater stage following a screening of the film and knocked him out! Godard's version, entitled ONE PLUS ONE, is also available on a double-feature R2 DVD including both cuts of the film but it's highly unlikely that I'll be bothering with it any time soon...

Reviewed by Seamus2829 8 / 10 / 10

Don't Expect A Rock & Roll Concert Film

Jean Luc Goddard's 'Sympathy For The Devil',or as it's known better in Europe as 'One Plus One' is an enigma (of sorts). The film's European title seems to better sum it all up. When Goddard went to England in 1968, he originally wanted to direct a film with a pro abortion angle, at a time when abortion was illegal. As it turns out, before production could begin,abortion became legal in the U.K. Goddard, none the less, decided to hang out & make a film anyway. He ended up as a guest of the Rolling Stones,where he filmed several days of the Stones in the recording studio,working on the sessions for the song 'Sympathy For The Devil', this footage was augmented with Godard's take on revolutionary politics of the era. The results are a mixed bag that some folk will get, others not so. I attended a midnight screening of this film some years ago with a crowd that expected a Rolling Stones concert film, and didn't get it, got downright ugly (a pity,but predictable for those who lack any knowledge of Godard's fragmentary style of narrative). No rating,but contains rough language,brief nudity & verbal descriptions of some graphic sexual situations.

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