The Rolling Stones Sympathy for the Devil (Blu-ray + DVD)

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 2, 2018
  • Originally Released: 1968
  • Label: ABKCO
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: One Plus One - Director's Cut
    • Voices - 1968 Award Winning Documentary on Jean-Luc Godard, filmed during the making of Sympathy For the Devil
    • 2018 Documentary on the making of Sympathy For the Devil
    • Commentary Track by David Sterritt, Film Critic
    • Essay by Danny Goldberg
  • Director's Cut
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:


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...The Stones and their ladies look incredibly cool...
Rolling Stone
Dec 11, 2003
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.
Total Film
Jul 1, 2006
...The process is amazing....An odd and fascinating piece of musical propaganda.
Entertainment Weekly
Nov 25, 1994
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.
Jun 1, 2006
Surprisingly heavy-going, this is part polemic, part rock-music documentary.
Sight and Sound
Aug 1, 2006

Product Description:

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.


Production Notes:

  • U.S. Theatrical Release: April 26, 1970.
  • Filmed on location in London, England.
  • Jean-Luc Godard initially wanted to capture either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones at work in the studio, but The Beatles turned down his offer, leading him to The Stones, who jumped at the opportunity to work with the renowned director.
  • Brian Jones was arrested for marijuana possession during the film's production.
  • Godard makes a brief appearance towards the end of the film, offering drinks and cigarettes to the band.
ABKCO Music & Records

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  • UPC: 038781110199
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