Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil

DVD - 2003
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Scenes from a Rolling Stones writing/recording session for their Beggars banquet album, alternating with scenes of political upheaval, media saturation, and revolution.

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ManMachine
Feb 08, 2019

IMO - 1969's "Sympathy For The Devil" completely confirmed what I'd always thought of French filmmaker, Jean-Luc Godard - He was a bungling, incompetent boob. He really was.

I mean - In this utter mess-of-a-film - Godard couldn't even photograph the Rolling Stones in a proper fashion. Most of the time all he managed to do was shoot the backs of their heads instead of their faces.

And, on top of that - This ridiculously disjointed film amounted to being nothing but an incoherent mishmash of utter nonsense inter-spliced together with (what seemed to be) the deliberate attempt to annoy and confuse the viewer.

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mr_chocolate
Feb 08, 2019

Yes sadly this "artsy" film does not stand up to time. Not sure that it ever did in the day of the 60's in Britain. The only thing that makes this partly watchable is the 15 - 20 minutes of actual Rolling Stones session work on the song Sympathy for the Devil.
Badly filmed, badly edited using annoying and offensive commentary on three disjointed films all in one.

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RoyalJellyIII
May 03, 2017

Worth watching for the Stones footage.

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