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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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In 1971, to get breathing room from tax and management problems, the Stones go to France. Jimmy Miller parks a recording truck next to Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg's Blue Coast villa, and by June the band is in the basement a few days at a time. Upstairs, heroin, bourbon, and visitors are everywhere. The Stones, other musicians and crew, Pallenberg, and photographer Dominique Tarle, plus old clips and photos and contemporary footage, provide commentary on the album's haphazard construction. By September, the villa is empty; Richards and Jagger complete production in LA. "Exile on Main Street" is released to mediocre reviews that soon give way to lionization. Written by
This documentary has a lot of beautiful photography in it. A French film-maker, Dominique Tarlé, has produced a massive quantity of great photographs of the band during the period they evaded England for tax reasons (paying 93% in tax for all they made!) and went to the southern coast of France and made "Exile on Main St.", which I think is their best album. What ensued? Debauchery: drugs, the mafia, alcohol. Yes, but also a great album which had a lot of technical aspects to it that were hard to sort out due to everything being recorded in the basement of Keith's house where all the musicians were placed in different rooms due to leakage - and the album rocks, to say the least. This documentary plays on the good times the band had with each-other and their families, not on how things went pear-shaped towards the end and how they left. A remarkably fine documentary, especially image-wise.
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