Sympathy for the Devil (One Plus One)

New 4K restoration! Part of THEMUSEUM's UNZIPPED

Co-presented by THEMUSEUM as part of their major Rolling Stones exhibition, UNZIPPED. "After the Rolling Stones’ partly misguided attempt at psychedelia, Their Satanic Majesties Request, the band found its footing again in the familiar territory of the Delta Blues. But with the 1968 recording of Beggar’s Banquet, they also retained some of the previous album’s experimentation, taken in a more sinister direction on the infamous 'Sympathy for the Devil.' In the studio, with the band during those recording sessions, was none other than radical French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, who brought his own experimental sensibilities to a project he would call One Plus One, a document of the Stones’ late sixties incarnation—including an increasingly reclusive Brian Jones. Godard punctuates the fascinating studio scenes of the Stones with what Andrew Hussey of The Guardian calls 'a series of set pieces—an incoherent stew of Situationism and other Sixties stuff.'" - Open Culture

Martin Scorsese, in an interview, observed, "'Sympathy for the Devil: now that’s quintessential. That movie, with the vignettes that [Jean-Luc] Godard intercuts with the rehearsal sessions…[a] still powerful and disturbing movie. It makes you rethink; it redefines your way of looking at life and reality and politics.” Keith Richards, in his memoir Life: 'Politics came for us whether we liked it or not, once in the odd personage of Jean-Luc Godard, the great French cinematic innovator…. Sympathy for the Devil is by chance a record of the song by us of that name being born in the studio.'" 



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