This is the fifth feature-length film in which the Rolling Stones appeared, In this instance, their 1980 performances at the Sun Devil stadium of Arizona State University in Tempe and at the indoor Meadowlands Arena.
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With my love of classic rock and rock n roll icons, Let's Spend The Night Together was a perfect description of what it was like back then. With the feature of Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, and many more, this film did a great job of the distribution of what each artist was known for. What was really cool in this was the featured artist's concerts and backstage life. If anyone is fascinated with classic rock, Go See!
Bombastic theme, band, film-making technique. In 1983 Hal Ashby could have served music and cinema better in a small club with a punk band and drunk audience. On second thought, just watch Penelope Spheeris' DOWC (1981) and save yourself from this tired, soulless, parody of live rock.
I guess I like the Stones enough to have watched this film, but it really started to get monotonous after a while. I wish there had been a few interviews sprinkled in and that they had captured the band in some smaller venues. I kept wondering what it was like for the fans way up in the nosebleed seats of these vast arenas, watching these tiny figures cavort on stage way off in the distance. Jagger's antics wore thin
Grueling doc to watch; most of the Stones' songs have similar fast tempos. One ponders the endurance and adrenaline the musicians must have to tour and play the same music endlessly. No wonder drugs become necessary. Much prefer the 1970 Maysles brothers doc, "Gimme Shelter," about the Altamont Speedway concert. That film gives a great behind-the-scenes look at the band, as well as showing onstage footage.
The strong cinematography is the star here, and Ashby pulls out the stops in trying to liven this up. But it's basically a concert film that does little more than show a band storming through its big-arena days. It looks like the various shows would have been fun spectacles to see. But there's little in the music for anyone but a die-hard fan, and Jagger just shouts his way through every number in the same monotone.
This is fluff. Yes I know it's a concert film so what should I expect? Well, something better than this from Hal Ashby, one of the best American filmmakers of his day. It's nothing but back to back songs that blend together even though I can tell them apart.
The random cutaways are even worse, totally meaningless and poor choices at that.
Does a good job of showing what complete rubbish stadium rock is. The band performing for an amorphous mass impossible to connect with. The fans barely able to see anything beyond the Lilliputian performers in the distance. A complete waste that just made me angry.