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662 Ratings

Sympathy for the Devil

One Plus One

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
United Kingdom, 1968
Documentary, Music


The film intercuts footage of the Rolling Stones working on the song “Sympathy for the Devil” in a studio; Anne Wiazemsky as “Eve Democracy,” sauntering through London in a gown as she is being interviewed by a TV reporter; and other scenes examining capitalism, activism, and political conflict.

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Sympathy for the Devil Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Critics reviews

The name [One Plus One] is a misdirection: nothing adds up in this movie. Often as transfixing as it is unendurable, the film is lesser than the sum of some of its parts. It demands a new math, working best when subtracted and divided. . . . Yet even with all its politically tumid longueurs, Sympathy for the Devil is still . . . one of the best portraits of an excessively chronicled band.
September 07, 2018
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Shot in 1968, this abstruse and fascinating film by Jean-Luc Godard juxtaposes scenes of the Rolling Stones rehearsing and recording their satanic anthem with various protorevolutionary vignettes staged in and around London.
June 25, 2004
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