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Shine a Light (2008)

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A career-spanning documentary on The Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.

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Martin Scorsese
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mick Jagger ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: vocals / guitar / harmonica
Keith Richards ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: guitar / vocals
Charlie Watts ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: drums
Ronnie Wood ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: guitar
Darryl Jones Darryl Jones ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: bass guitar
Chuck Leavell Chuck Leavell ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: keyboards
Bobby Keys Bobby Keys ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: saxophone
Bernard Fowler Bernard Fowler ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: vocals
Lisa Fischer ... Herself - The Rolling Stones: vocals
Blondie Chaplin Blondie Chaplin ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: vocals
Tim Ries Tim Ries ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: saxophone / keyboards
Kent Smith Kent Smith ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: trumpet
Michael Davis Michael Davis ... Himself - The Rolling Stones: trombone
Albert Maysles ... Himself - Camera in Hand
Christina Aguilera ... Herself
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Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones unite in "Shine A Light," a look at The Rolling Stones." Scorcese filmed the Stones over a two-day period at the intimate Beacon Theater in New York City in fall 2006. Cinematographers capture the raw energy of the legendary band. Written by alfiehitchie

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, drug references and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2008 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Rolling Stones Documentary See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,488,081, 6 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,355,376, 15 June 2008
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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Benicio Del Toro: Around the 103 minute mark, Del Toro can be seen in the crowd. See more »

Quotes

Keith Richards: It's good to see you all.
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Connections

Edited into The Rolling Stones: Shine a Light Movie Special (2008) See more »

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Just My Imagination Running Away With Me
Written by Barrett Strong (as S. Barrett) and Norman Whitfield (as W. Norman)
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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If only all concert films were like this
7 April 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

"Shine a Light" is Martin Scorsese's second real concert film after 1978's "The Last Waltz", which by now is generally acknowledged as a masterpiece and is my favorite film by the director. I really hope we will see more concert films from Scorsese in the future, because "Shine a Light" is further excellence from him. If all, or even a significant number of concert films were filmed with such skill and exuded such energy, there would be far more of them made and far more released theatrically.

"Shine a Light" is a concert film. I'm not sure I'd call it a documentary on the Rolling Stones so much as a filming (a brilliant filming) of an especially good concert they played recently. Scorsese is smart enough, however, to use interviews and clips from all stages of the Stones' career for purposes of humor and even commentary on various aspects of music and the music business, as well as the band itself.

Your average Rolling Stones fan waiting to see a Rolling Stones concert and who isn't a fan of film probably will be bored during the film's opening scenes, but for those interested in film, they provide a fascinating glimpse into the marriage of live music and film-making, which doesn't happen as much as it should. It's also quite an intimate look at the Stones as a bunch of people, exposing them in the same sort of way the non-concert scenes in "Gimme Shelter" did. Then again, how much of it is real and how much is an act is really the essential question that we will forever be asking about this band.

"Shine a Light" isn't a document of an important historical event like Scorsese's "The Last Waltz" or the Maysles Bros' "Gimme Shelter" was as a Rolling Stones film, so one shouldn't expect that sort of greatness from "Shine a Light". What one should expect is a great concert, filmed with great skill, tasteful guest appearances that do nothing but add to the music, and a gorgeous film interspersed tastefully with archive footage chosen carefully and played at just the right moments.

The Stones and Scorsese are on top form here, making this a memorable and exciting concert film and the sort of marriage of film-making and live music that really should happen more often.

8.5/10


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