In 2008, Martin Scorsese brought the Rolling Stones to film in his documentary, ‘Shine a Light’ but 40 years previous another giant of modern cinema had a similar idea. Jean-Luc Godard, one of the founders of New Wave French cinema, directed ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ during the political upheavals of the summer of 1968.
The film is part rockumentary, part advertisement for left-wing ideals that were alive at the time. In the video below Godard takes you inside the recording sessions of the Rolling Stones’ classic song and as the clip goes on you can see the song unfold.
There are two 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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