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One Plus One (Sympathy for the Devil) (1968)

Original Title : Sympathy for the Devil
Director : Jean-Luc Godard
Writer : Jean-Luc Godard
Genre : Documentary
Music
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Eleni Collard , Mick Gochanour , Robin Klein (IV) , Michael Pearson (I) , Iain Quarrier
Music : Mick Jagger
Keith Richards (II)
The Rolling Stones
Photography : Colin Corby
Anthony B. Richmond
IMDB ID : 0063665
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One Plus One (Sympathy for the Devil) (1968) - Jean-Luc Godard
 

Starring

Mick Jagger Himself
Keith Richards II
Brian Jones I
Bill Wyman Himself
Charlie Watts I
Marianne Faithfull Herself (doing backing vocals
Anita Pallenberg Herself (doing backing vocals
Anne Wiazemsky Eve Democracy
Iain Quarrier Fascist porno book seller
Sean Lynch I
Clifton Jones Black power militant
Danny Daniels I
Frankie Dymon Black power militant
Tommy Ansah Himself (piano/organ
Matthew Know 
Karl Lewis I
Elizabeth Long II
Mark Matthew I
Michael McKay II
Françoise Pascal 
Rudi Patterson 
Ellario Pedro 
Graham Peet 
Linbert Spencer 
Roy Stewart II
Monica Walters I
Jeannette Wild 
 

Plot

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"
 

Comments

This film is for true Rolling Stones or Godard fans only.If you are neither of the above you will probably have trouble sitting through the whole movie.Godard's political ramble becomes tedious at times, but watching the development of the Stones' song is priceless. Seeing the song come together as a blistering whirlwind is reward enough for repressing the urge to fast-forward through the rest of the film.
 
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One Plus One (Sympathy for the Devil) (1968) - Jean-Luc Godard
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