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Sympathy for the Devil [DVD] [1968]

Release Date:10/21/2003
Jean-Luc Godard's documentary Sympathy for the Devil combines footage of the Rolling Stones in a recording studio creating one of their masterpieces (the song gave the film its name) with the sort of documentary footage Godard was intrigued by at that time in his career. The film is presented in a transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The film was remastered from the camera negative, making it easily the best available version of the film. The English soundtrack was recorded in PCM Stereo. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer for the film and the music video for the Neptunes' remix of "Sympathy for the Devil." This DVD is recommended to hardcore Stones fans, and Godard enthusiasts.
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    Special Features

    • Theatrical trailer
    • The Neptunes' remix music video


    Sympathy for the Devil
    Jean-Luc Godard's Sympathy for the Devil, also known as One Plus One, uses both documentary and staged sequences, alternating between an inside look at a rock band's recording process and reflections on contemporary politics and aesthetics. One half of the film focuses on the Rolling Stones, as they rehearse and ultimately record the song that would become "Sympathy for the Devil." By presenting repeated takes of the entire composition, the film allows the viewer to witness the progressive evolution of the song from its original, slower conception to the more percussive version that became the final recording. The other half of the film -- which is occasionally accompanied by the song -- presents a series of sequences dealing with issues like black power, pornography, racism, and Marxism, amongst others. These sequences, which often focus on a group of revolutionary youth in Paris, provide a chance for Godard to inject political commentary and meta-fictional musings on the nature of cinema. These more cerebral scenes serve as counterpoint to the direct presentation of the creative process seen in the Stones' studio sessions, and provide oblique commentary on the political meanings of popular music. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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