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MoMA Presents Godard's Sympathy for the Devil

Image: "Sympathy for the Devil" directed by Jean-Luc Godard

MoMA premieres an exclusive New York theatrical run of the newly restored Rolling Stones/Godard collaboration Sympathy for the Devil. Martin Scorsese, in an interview, observed, “Sympathy for the Devil: now that’s quintessential. That movie, with the vignettes that [Jean-Luc] Godard intercuts with the rehearsal sessions…[a] still powerful and disturbing movie. It makes you rethink; it redefines your way of looking at life and reality and politics.” Keith Richards, in his memoir Life: “Politics came for us whether we liked it or not, once in the odd personage of Jean-Luc Godard, the great French cinematic innovator…. Sympathy for the Devil is by chance a record of the song by us of that name being born in the studio. The song turned after many takes from a Dylanesque, rather turgid folk song into a rocking samba—from a turkey into a hit—by a shift of rhythm, all recorded in stages by Jean-Luc….”

This new 4K digital restoration is presented on September 13 by cinematographer Tony Richmond (Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth), who supervised the color grading from the original 35mm camera negative. Courtesy of ABKCO Films.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film.


Sympathy for the Devil
Written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard
100 min

Thursday, September 13, 6:30 p.m. (Introduced by cinematographer Tony Richmond)

Friday, September 14, 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 16, 3:00 p.m.

Monday, September 17, 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 18, 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 p.m.

More information are available through MoMA