Sympathy for the Devil (1 + 1)


1h 39m 1969

Brief Synopsis

A free-form, part fiction, part documentary piece juxtaposes Rolling Stones performances with images of civilization's destruction.

Film Details

Also Known As
1 + 1
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 22 Apr 1969
Production Company
Cupid Productions
Distribution Company
New Line Cinema
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Barnes, London, England, United Kingdom; Camber Sands, Sussex, England, United Kingdom; Olympic Recording Studios, Barnes, London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Synopsis

Interspersed with sequences of a studio session of the Rolling Stones developing their song "Sympathy for the Devil" are several scenes: A group of armed Black Power advocates in a London riverside automobile graveyard prepare for the revolution, reading passages from the writings of Eldridge Cleaver and LeRoi Jones concerning revolution and the black man's lust for white women. They nonchalantly fondle and execute several white women clad in virginal white gowns. In a pornographic bookstore the fascist owner reads aloud extracts from Mein Kampf . A television crew wandering in an Edenic forest conducts an interview with Eve Democracy, who answers the politico-philosophical questions put to her with a simple yes or no . The film's soundtrack contains intermittent readings from a pornographic political novel. There are brief views of Eve Democracy/Anne Wiazemsky painting graffiti ("Cinemarx," "SoViet Cong," "FBI +CIA = TWA +PanAm") on various surfaces in London. She is finally shot down on a beach by black militants, after which her bloodied body is lifted up on a camera crane, with black and red flags on either side.

Film Details

Also Known As
1 + 1
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 22 Apr 1969
Production Company
Cupid Productions
Distribution Company
New Line Cinema
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Barnes, London, England, United Kingdom; Camber Sands, Sussex, England, United Kingdom; Olympic Recording Studios, Barnes, London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location in London, at the Olympic Recording Studios (Barnes), and at Camber Sands, Sussex. Released in Great Britain in 1971 as Sympathy for the Devil. This title represents producer Iain Quarrier's version of Godard's film 1 +1 (One Plus One). Though the director left the creation of the song unfinished in the original version, shown at the 1968 London Film Festival, Sympathy for the Devil includes the complete version of the song with footage consisting of monochromatic shots of the film's final image. Original running time: 104 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2001

Released in United States November 29, 1968

Shown at London Film Festival November 29, 1968.

Shown at the National Film Theatre in London, England as part of a special two-month program dedicated to Jean-Luc Godard, June 1 - July 31, 2001.

The title "Sympathy For the Devil" was imposed by the producer over Godard's objections.

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at the National Film Theatre in London, England as part of a special two-month program dedicated to Jean-Luc Godard, June 1 - July 31, 2001.)

Released in United States November 29, 1968 (Shown at London Film Festival November 29, 1968.)