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Sympathy for the Devil (1968)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 22 April 1969 (USA)
Godard's documentation of late 1960s Western counter-culture, examining the Black Panthers, referring to works by LeRoi Jones and Eldridge Cleaver. Other notable subjects are the role of ... See full summary »

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Himself - The Rolling Stones
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Himself - The Rolling Stones
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Himself - The Rolling Stones (as Keith Richard)
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Fascist porno book seller
Frankie Dymon ...
Black power militant (as Frankie Dymon Jnr.)
Danny Daniels ...
Black power militant
Ilario Bisi-Pedro
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Black power militant
Linbert Spencer
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Michael McKay
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Godard's documentation of late 1960s Western counter-culture, examining the Black Panthers, referring to works by LeRoi Jones and Eldridge Cleaver. Other notable subjects are the role of news media, the mediated image, a growing technocratic society, women's liberation, the May revolt in France and the power of language. Cutting between three major scenes, including the Rolling Stones in the studio, the film is visually intercut with Eve Democracy (Wiazemsky) using graffiti which amalgamates organisations, corporations and ideologies. Godard also examines the role of the revolutionary within Western culture. Although he believes Western culture needs to be destroyed, it can only be done so by the rejection of intellectualisation. "There is only one way to be an intellectual revolutionary, and that is to give up being an intellectual" Written by <gary.elshaw@vuw.ac.nz>

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Producer Iain Quarrier re-cut Godard's original ending. Godard was so enraged when he discovered this at the film's premiere that he punched Quarrier in the mouth. See more »

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References Fail-Safe (1964) See more »

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Rock Dijon on congas, more....
11 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Rocky Dijon plays congas. Also engineer Andy Johns is seen and my father, producer Jimmy Miller can be seen through the studio window and heard talking to Mick. The band was working at Olympic studios in London. I spent my childhood in England and many weekends and holidays at Olympic Studios while my father recorded the Stones and Traffic. I made tea or brought soda for everyone while they worked. I sometimes sat on the drums and played around. Charlie said he would give me his kit from his home and I am still waiting for the drums to arrive. The memories will last forever. Now if there was a way to return to the 1960s I would in a heart beat. Steve Miller


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