Jean-Luc Godard Captures The Rolling Stones Recording “Sympathy for the Devil” (1968)

In 2008, Martin Scorsese brought the Rolling Stones to film with Shine a Light. (Watch the trailer here.) But a good forty years before that, another giant of modern film had a similar idea. Jean-Luc Godard, one of the founders of New Wave French cinema, directed "Sympathy for the Devil" during the tumultuous summer of 1968. The film is part rockumentary, part advertisement for left-wing ideas that were alive at the time. (There's no real way to sugarcoat that.) Above, Godard takes you inside the recording sessions of the Rolling Stones' classic, "Sympathy for the Devil." As the clip goes on, you can see the song, as we know it, unfold. Thanks John for the heads up on this one.

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  • Fitz says:

    After watching this, I’d like to see Jean-Luc Picard’s movie about The Stones.

  • Pat says:

    Great post. We need to see the whole rockumentary released.

  • Anonymous says:

    I missed “Sympathy for the Devil”, but I hope I’ll find it on one pretty good torrent site, where I already found “Shine a Light” – I like everything which is connected with my fzvourite band! I remember every their step in music world and their unforgettable concerts!

  • jaune! says:

    There is 2 versions of this Jean-Luc Godard movie. The original version (director’s cut) is called “One Plus One”. In this first version Godard didn’t put the whole song in the editing because he wanted to make something reflexive and not an advertisement for the Rolling Stones.
    The producers were very angry and made another editing ; their version is called “Sympathy for the Devil”.

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