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Shine a Light

Shine a Light

4.0 9
Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts


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After exploring the careers of the Band and Bob Dylan in The Last Waltz and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, respectively, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese turns his lens on rock & roll legends


After exploring the careers of the Band and Bob Dylan in The Last Waltz and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, respectively, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese turns his lens on rock & roll legends the Rolling Stones for this feature focusing on two concerts from the band's 2006 A Bigger Bang tour. In addition to extensive coverage of the band's two-night stand at New York's Beacon Theater (an engagement that was staged as part of President Bill Clinton's lavish birthday bash), the film also features historical footage, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage from decades past. Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson (JFK and The Aviator) supervised photography for the film, with an impressive array of A-list talents, including Andrew Lesnie, John Toll, Ellen Kuras, Anastas Michos, Stuart Dryburgh, Declan Quinn, Emmanuel Lubezki, Robert Elswit, and Albert Maysles, stepping in to insure that the Beacon performances were covered from every angle possible.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The Rolling Stones are no strangers to celluloid. Their celebrated, occasionally infamous career has been saved for posterity every step of the way by some of the most formidable filmmakers of all time. Jean-Luc Godard, Hal Ashby, and the Maysles all offered up their take on the danger, the swagger, the damage, and the glory of the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band. While each of those filmmakers did something unique and memorable, it took Martin Scorsese to figure out how to make a film about the aspect of band that matters most -- that they are men who love to play music. By filling the oversized IMAX screen with the weathered, leathered faces of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ron Wood, Scorsese never lets his audience forget that these men have lived the kind of lives that give these powerful songs their visceral kick. They have earned the right to play these songs not because they wrote them, but because they feel them as strongly as ever. An old chestnut like "As Tears Go By" means so much more coming from a sixtysomething Jagger than from the twentysomething who wrote it, primarily because he seems to care about the song now even more than he did then. Of all the Rolling Stones concert films, Shine a Light offers the greatest argument that Jagger might be the best frontman in rock history. While his authoritative sexuality was teasing and dark in the '60s and '70s, it mutated into near self parody in the next two decades. Time being on his side, Jagger in his sixties doesn't so much seem a dirty old man as just a dirty man who still enjoys the art of tempting and teasing his audience, his bandmates, and himself. IMAX might be the only format that can fully communicate the sheer amount of commitment that goes into every one of his movements. He could seemingly go on forever. Working as a contrast to Jagger's relentless energy is the stoic realism of Charlie Watts. There are very few out-of-shape drummers, because it's the one instrument in a rock band you need physical stamina to play over the course of a concert. At one point in the show, Watts looks directly into the camera and lets out an exhausted sigh. It's a small moment, but one loaded with meaning. In that quick instant you realize that for all of Mick's boundless enthusiasm, the Stones are not immortal. Charlie has not lost a beat, but looking at him that spent so early in the evening, you understand that one shouldn't take this band for granted ever again. That leaves Keith Richards. He could drop dead on stage, or he might live another 100 years, and either way he will continue to do what he has always done -- play music, preferably with Ron Wood at his side. And the music is why Shine a Light matters a great deal. From the still-relevant "Satisfaction,"" to the urgency of "She Was Hot,"" to the longing "Just My Imagination,"" the perfectly constructed setlist showcases everything the Rolling Stones do well. They still appreciate their own gifts, but have not grown so bloated that they can't share the stage. The three guest stars that show up underscore the band's flexibility. Jack White III harmonizes with Mick on "Loving Cup,"" and it wouldn't have sounded out of place on the album he produced for Loretta Lynn. Christina Aguilera matches Mick grind for grind as well as note for note in a duet on "Live With Me" that would be funny if it weren't treated with such commitment by both of them. And blues legend Buddy Guy joins the boys for an authoritative rendition of "Champagne & Reefer" that offers ample proof of the Stones chops -- as far as traditional blues numbers go it's equal to the legendary Muddy Waters performance in the other great Scorsese concert film The Last Waltz. There is something to recommend about every Rolling Stones documentary. The cult classic Cocksucker Blues forever captured the most excessive aspects of their life, Gimme Shelter showcased the group's skill as well as the occasionally dangerous power of their music, and even Let's Spend the Night Together puts Mick's inclination for pomp on the big screen. But Shine a Light captures where the band is 45 years into their careers, capturing their ability to be larger than life, while staying intimately connected to each other through the music. Scorsese records for posterity the band member's connections to each other, to music, and to their audience, making Shine a Light a ferociously entertaining movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mick Jagger Participant
Keith Richards Participant
Charlie Watts Participant
Ronnie Wood Participant
Christina Aguilera Participant
Buddy Guy Participant
Jack White Participant
Bill Clinton Participant
Martin Scorsese Participant

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
C. Mitchell Amundsen Camera Operator
Steve Bing Producer
Gautam Choudhury Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Clearmountain Sound Mixer
Michael Cohl Producer
Stuart Dryburgh Camera Operator
Robert Elswit Camera Operator
Mark Fisher Set Decoration/Design
Mick Jagger Executive Producer
Ellen Kuras Camera Operator
Andrew Lesnie Camera Operator
Emmanuel Lubezki Camera Operator
Albert Maysles Camera Operator
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Anastas Michos Camera Operator
Victoria Pearman Producer
Declan Quinn Camera Operator
Joseph P. Reidy Asst. Director,Co-producer
Keith Richards Executive Producer
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
David Tedeschi Editor
Star Theodos Art Director
Emma Tillinger Co-producer
John Toll Camera Operator
Charlie Watts Executive Producer
Zane Weiner Producer
Ronnie Wood Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shine a Light
1. Preparations [5:18]
2. Before the Show [1:47]
3. Jumping Jack Flash [5:03]
4. Shattered [1:43]
5. She Was Hot [2:28]
6. All Down the Line [4:42]
7. Loving Cup [:05]
8. As Tears Go By [4:40]
9. Some Girls [2:28]
10. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) [4:24]
11. Far Away Eyes [2:31]
12. Champagne and Reefer [2:27]
13. Tumblin Dice [4:00]
14. You Got the Silver [:48]
15. Connection [8:21]
16. Sympathy for the Devil [7:19]
17. Live With Me [:40]
18. Start Me Up [4:54]
19. Brown Sugar [1:15]
20. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction [4:51]
21. Shine a Light (End Titles) [2:13]


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Shine a Light 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Virtual_Vice More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous cinematography and lush, full & rich sound track courtesy of Blu-ray's fatter data stream. Blue-ray technology is often wasted on remastered concert footage from yesteryear. It seems to work best when the footage is shot with Blu-ray format in mind. This DVD is one example where Blu-ray is worth paying the additional $10. Scorsese manages to capture an intimacy of a group whose individual members lead very private lives. The director also adeptly relates the "feel" of the venue and eclectic composition of the audience. The Stones are far more blues musicians than they are rock musicians and, as such, are timeless, regardless of chronological age. Solid performance and great track selection. Will please new and old fans, alike. For more by this writer: www.VirtualVice.com
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choochee More than 1 year ago
Great choice of songs and the Stones's energetic performance make this a very entertaining video.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina and walking on the street saw the billboard for shine a light and said to mi girlfriend: we must go now. the angles used by the cameras are something never seen before, audio is great and i recommend the movie to any human been fro 10 years to 100....PLUS
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many parts of the concert were magical. The Buddy Guy performance of &amp quot Champagne and Reefer,&amp quot is brilliant! &amp quot Just My Imagination,&amp quot is a rare treat as well. I just had wished they had done a few more obscure songs rather than the overplayed hits. Also, there could have been much more documentary footage with classic clips as well as the concert preperation. All in all though, very entertaining.