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Sympathy for the Devil Review

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Documentary of 1960's culture and counter-culture, interspersed with footage of the Rolling Stones

★★★★

Ever the master of the avant-garde wind-up, Jean-Luc Godard once proclaimed, “Art is a gun,” and here he’s firing all over the place. Rich in the spirit of ’68, this movie cooks a strange brew: Rolling Stones rock-doc and bonkers cine-Marxist polemic. The latter is typical Godard genius-bollocks, outraged and outrageous in its counter-cultural howling. The former is simply genius, covering the composition, demo and recording of (have you guessed yet?) Sympathy
For The Devil.

Stones fan or not, it’s flat-out mesmeric, the anatomy of a classic song shot with passion, intimacy and prowling panache…

Not just for Stones' fans.