The Rolling Stones

Sympathy for the Devil [DVD]

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Jean-Luc Godard's 1970 film, which alternates late-'60s political propaganda with scenes from the Beggars Banquet album recording sessions. Although "Sympathy for the Devil" was once hailed as "a song of revolution unlike any that's ever been sung," by contemporary standards it is fairly dated, not only for its exaggerated "revolutionary" rhetoric, but for its artfulness. Studio footage of the Stones reworking the title track is interesting for fans, but many of the accompanying sequences drag on way past the point of being interesting. The end result is that one wants to skip the political mumbo jumbo and just watch the band; sadly, even that isn't terribly worthwhile.