Monday, July 19, 2010

Sympathy for the Devil (1968)

Jean-Luc Godard


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.


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  1. Just wondering, between this and Gimme Shelter (by the Maysles Brothers) which one is better? I read that this one has a political slant, while Gimme Shelter is a straight ahead rock documentary.

  2. Hey Sheikh,

    Thanks for your support. I am glad that there are people that respect and appreciate what I have done here. By the way I haven't seen Gimme Shelter. I will try to get it and post it here.


  3. Thanks man. I would really appreciate that. You have almost ALL the documentaries that Im looking for, so even if you dont post that, Im happy enough. Seriously :) Are these documentaries from your own personal collection?


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