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When Martin Scorsese directed Shine A Light a few years ago, he wasn’t the first superstar director to take The Rolling Stones as his major subject; back in 1968, Jean-Luc Godard directed a documentary about the Stones that was part fly-on-the-wall insight and part spoof polemic. Yes, really: Jean-Luc Godard pretty much did an even more straight-faced Spinal Tap before Spinal Tap even existed. Sympathy For The Devil, which screens at the Star and Shadow Cinema on Saturday 24th January, is the result.

Sympathy For The Devil sees Godard looking at the outer form of rock music and protest politics to see if there actually is anything inside, or if it’s all as hollow as a cheap chocolate figurine. The Stones are something of a side-note, as they rehearse and improvise what becomes one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

The film is followed by a performance from Edinburgh trio Sink, who will be performing some freeform jazz in response to Godard, the Stones and protest everywhere, at all times.

Sympathy for the Devil will screen at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle on Saturday 24th January.

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