Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones unite in Shine a Light. Scorcese filmed the Stones over a two-day period at the intimate Beacon Theater in New York City in the Fall of 2006. Cinematographers capture the raw energy of the legendary band. —IMDb
Martin Scorsese was born in New York City and soon developed a passion for cinema and a particular admiration for neo-realist cinema which inspired him and influenced his view or portrayal of his Sicilian heritage. After graduating from NYU Film School in 1966 and making a number of shorts, he shot his first feature-length film Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1968) with fellow student, actor Harvey Keitel, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker both of whom were to become long-term collaborators. Mean Streets followed in 1973 and provided the benchmarks for the ‘Scorsese style’. After Scorsese directed Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the trio was reunited for the dark journey of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. After New York, New York Scorsese released Raging Bull. The acclaimed biography of middleweight fighter Jake LaMotta was followed by exploration of fans as pariah in The King of Comedy, dark-comic dreams in After Hours and pool sharks in The Color of Money. Scorsese outraged some religious… read more
Scorsese's chance to prove he understands the Stones, after relying on them so often throughout his filmmography. He largely succeeds, crafting the most exciting concert film since Stop Making Sense. His cutting demonstrates an understanding of rock performance, unearthing the soul of the music. The best of Scorsese's music documentaries.
Martin Scorsese expertly captures the passion and energy of the Rolling Stones, who - even at their advanced age - are in top form as always. Precision editing by David Tedeschi and superb cinematography by Robert Richardson. One of the best of its kind.