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Sympathy for the Devil (1968)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 22 April 1969 (USA)
Godard's documentation of late 1960s Western counter-culture, examining the Black Panthers, referring to works by LeRoi Jones and Eldridge Cleaver. Other notable subjects are the role of ... See full summary »

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Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Lynch ... Commentary (voice)
Mick Jagger ... Himself - The Rolling Stones
Brian Jones ... Himself - The Rolling Stones
Keith Richards ... Himself - The Rolling Stones (as Keith Richard)
Charlie Watts ... Himself - The Rolling Stones
Bill Wyman ... Himself - The Rolling Stones
Anne Wiazemsky ... Eve Democracy
Iain Quarrier ... Fascist porno book seller
Frankie Dymon Frankie Dymon ... Black power militant (as Frankie Dymon Jnr.)
Danny Daniels ... Black power militant
Ilario Bisi-Pedro Ilario Bisi-Pedro
Roy Stewart ... Black power militant
Linbert Spencer Linbert Spencer
Tommy Ansah Tommy Ansah ... (as Tommy Ansar)
Michael McKay Michael McKay
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Godard's documentation of late 1960s Western counter-culture, examining the Black Panthers, referring to works by LeRoi Jones and Eldridge Cleaver. Other notable subjects are the role of news media, the mediated image, a growing technocratic society, women's liberation, the May revolt in France and the power of language. Cutting between three major scenes, including the Rolling Stones in the studio, the film is visually intercut with Eve Democracy (Wiazemsky) using graffiti which amalgamates organisations, corporations and ideologies. Godard also examines the role of the revolutionary within Western culture. Although he believes Western culture needs to be destroyed, it can only be done so by the rejection of intellectualisation. "There is only one way to be an intellectual revolutionary, and that is to give up being an intellectual" Written by <gary.elshaw@vuw.ac.nz>

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In Eastmancolor and English See more »

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Plus One See more »

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Cupid Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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During the scenes showing the Rolling Stones trying different versions of the famous song "Sympathy For The Devil" , Keith Richards plays bass guitar, while official bassist of the group, Bill Wyman is only occupied by maracas . See more »

Alternate Versions

Jean-Luc Godard's original director's cut (titled "One Plus One") runs approximately 110 minutes and consists largely of additional footage of the black power militants. The film's producers were dissatisfied with this cut and deleted 11 minutes, changed the title to "Sympathy for the Devil" to underscore the Stones connection, and added the final version of the title song to the film's soundtrack, over a freeze-frame of the last shot. These changes were all made without Godard's knowledge; when he finally saw them at the film's London Film Festival premiere, he allgedly went berserk and physically attacked one of the producers. See more »

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the ABKCO cut & re-release of Godard's original film..
20 January 2003 | by weatherman-3See all my reviews

ABKCO, not exactly a cultural or artistic enterprise obtained the rights to Godard's original film & cut titled 'One Pus One' , as well a large part of the Stones song catalog in a management dispute & subsequent separation between the two.

The 'Sympathy' release is significantly different than the original 'One Plus One', with much of the Stones studio material edited out for reasons unknown.

Huge clips of the development of the song have simply vanished, while the political scenes, rhetoric and narration remain intact.

What a shame, as I doubt very much we will ever see the 'One Plus One' Godard cut anywhere, ever.


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