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128 Ratings

Cocksucker Blues

Directed by Robert Frank
United States, 1972
Documentary, Musical


For all of the mystery and legal controversy surrounding Robert Frank’s unstructured cinema verite Rolling Stones documentary, filmed during their 1972 Exile on Main Street tour, the proof in the pudding is fairly prosaic.

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Cocksucker Blues Directed by Robert Frank

Critics reviews

The film poses the Orphic question of just how far an artist can go too far. Today, with the private lives of heralded artists laid out as open books, and subject to Presidential-level scrutiny, it’s worth wondering whether that scrutiny will have an effect on the kinds of energies that get expressed and embodied in art. The existence—and the suppression—of “Cocksucker Blues” is a primordial moment in this historic shift.
July 20, 2016
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