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Sympathy for the Devil (1968)

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Godard's documentation of late 1960's 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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Sean Lynch ...
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Himself - The Rolling Stones
Brian Jones ...
Himself - The Rolling Stones
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Himself - The Rolling Stones (as Keith Richard)
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Himself - The Rolling Stones
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Himself - The Rolling Stones
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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 1960's western counter-culture, examining the Black Panthers, referring to works by LeRoi Jones and Eldridge Cleaver. Other notable subjects are the role of the media, the mediated image, A growing technocratic society, Womens Liberation, the May revolt in France and the power of language. Cutting between 3 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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22 April 1969 (USA)  »

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Director Jean-Luc Godard was called to England to make a film calling for the legalization of abortion. Shortly after his arrival, though, England relaxed its abortion laws, and his film became unnecessary. Godard agreed to remain in England on the condition that he could make a film with either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. The Beatles declined the offer, but the Stones promptly accepted, claiming they were avid fans of Godard's work. See more »

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the ABKCO cut & re-release of Godard's original film..
20 January 2003 | by (PALM SPRINGS) – See all my reviews

ABKCO, not exactly a cultural or artistic enterprise obtained the rights to Godard's original film & cut titled 'One Pus One' , as well a large part of the Stones song catalog in a management dispute & subsequent separation between the two.

The 'Sympathy' release is significantly different than the original 'One Plus One', with much of the Stones studio material edited out for reasons unknown.

Huge clips of the development of the song have simply vanished, while the political scenes, rhetoric and narration remain intact.

What a shame, as I doubt very much we will ever see the 'One Plus One' Godard cut anywhere, ever.


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