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

For anyone who enjoyed yesterday's post, Jefferson Airplane Wakes Up New York; Jean-Luc Godard Captures It (1968), we're resurrecting a golden oldie from the archive. Read on and you'll see why...

In 2008, Martin Scorsese brought the Rolling Stones to film with Shine a Light. (Watch the trailer here.) But a good 40 years before that, another giant of modern cinema had a similar notion. 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 ideals 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." Watch it unfold

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  • Danny says:

    Keep posting great material like this and Jeff Airplane

  • acutia says:

    Regarding the two versions: It seems Godard wasn’t aware of the producer’s version til the film’s premiere in London. At some point in the night he is reputed to have gone up on stage and punched said producer on the kisser.

    (My source is a reading of Colin McCabe’s JLG Bio some years back).

  • Richard says:

    JLG’s later film ‘Soigne Ta Droite’ also interesting in its placing of recording studio footage within an experimental feature. As a Rolling Stones fan One Plus One/Sympathy For The Devil is particularly interesting as it shows Bill Wyman to have absolutely no input in the song creation process. Embarrassing to watch him stand around while Keith plays the bass parts.

  • Marcos Schmitt says:

    Surprisingly I honestly enjoyed this and I hope to run into many more posts of this nature. Many thanks for your cyber share.

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