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Saturday, September 15, 2012

THE ROLLING STONES: CHARLIE IS MY DARLING

By D.E.Levine

A NYFF50 SELECTION

The Rolling Stones are celebrating their 50th anniversary and they're still going strong.  This documentary is an accidental film that came about because 50 years ago someone put some film away and kept it all these years, without looking at it or discarding it.

In 1965 the Beatles and everyone else were making movies and being quite successful at it.  So, when The Rolling Stones released "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" and went to Ireland to do four shows (two in Northern and two in Southern Ireland), their manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, commissioned filmmaker Peter Whitehead to film the performances and their experiences on the road.  The idea behind the filming was to see if the Stones were ready to make a movie.

Understand that this all took place before The Rolling Stones became THE ROLLING STONES.  They'd had some success but they were also a cover band, performing songs made popular by other groups.

Director Mick Gochanour visited the Stones achival vault in London and discovered many hours of heretofore unseen footage of the live performances, the enthusiastic fans, and the off-stage c

Keith Richards comes across as the catalyst for musical collaboration and a 22-year old Mick Jagger comes across as particularly astute and aware, stating that the Stones onstage are theater - putting on a show for the audience, while the Stones off-stage lead pretty ordinary lives, mixing and mingling with the public.

It is truly amazing to see that in the performances from 50 years ago, the  physical movements,vocal phrasing and approach are exactly the same as the performances the Stones currently give.  This is where they honed their techniques and developed the show or "theater" that they currently perform.

Overall, this is a very entertaining film with significant historical value that will definitely be appreciated by Stones fans.