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Sympathy for the Devil (1968)

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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Eve Democracy
Iain Quarrier ...
Fascist porno book seller
Frankie Dymon ...
Black power militant (as Frankie Dymon Jnr.)
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Black power militant
Illario Pedro
Roy Stewart ...
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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Jean-Luc Godard on Black Power, Rape, Murder, Fascism, Acid, Pornography, Sex, Revolution, Brutality and all the other things that make life worth living.

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22 April 1969 (USA)  »

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Jean-Luc Godard: Bringing drinks and cigarettes to The Rolling Stones near the end of the film. See more »

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Great rock and sweeping political view
7 January 2001 | by (Espoo, Finland) – See all my reviews

Jean-Luc Godard has managed to combine a sweeping overview of U.S. political extremes with footage of the Rolling Stones to create a wonderful effect. Godard illustrates different extremes of the U.S. political continuum and intersperses them with the Rolling Stones recording my personal favourite, Sympathy for the Devil.

Once again, it would be a terrible mistake to take Godard at face value. The central thread of this movie, as well as that of many others, is satire. Who can take the gun-distributing black power militants seriously, or Eve Democracy for that matter? Godard's satire is as biting as ever.


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