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Shine a Light

Shine a Gentle is a 2008 live performance movie directed by Martin Scorsese documenting The Rolling Stones’ 2006 Beacon Theatre performances throughout their A Larger Bang Tour.[1] The movie additionally contains archive footage from the band’s profession and marked the primary utilisation by Scorsese of digital cinematography for his movies, with it getting used for the backstage sequences. The movie takes its title from the music of the identical title, featured on the band’s 1972 album Exile on Principal St. A soundtrack album was launched in April 2008 on the Common label. That is additionally the final film by Paramount Classics, as the corporate merged into its sister firm Paramount Vantage after the film was launched.

Manufacturing and recording

Scorsese filmed The Rolling Stones on the Beacon Theatre on October 29 and November 1, 2006, however the efficiency footage used within the movie is all from the second present. The music was recorded, combined and co-produced by Bob Clearmountain. The audio recording was executed on the Silver Truck with David Hewitt. The live performance footage is preceded by a quick semi-fictionalized introduction concerning the preparations for the exhibits, and is intercut with historic information clips and archival interviews with band members.

The exhibits, which had been added to the tour schedule for the needs of the movie shoot, featured a unique set listing than was typical of different exhibits on the tour (see beneath), and had been famous for his or her star-studded crowds, together with former United States President Invoice Clinton and his spouse, Hillary Clinton, who was then a United States Senator, and former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski.[2][3]

The performances benefitted the Clinton Basis, a charity based by Invoice Clinton, who gave a brief speech on the October 29 efficiency. The movie additionally exhibits Jack White, Buddy Man and Christina Aguilera performing with the Stones.

The Rolling Stones (from left to proper: Charlie Watts, Ron Wooden, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger) on the Berlin Movie Competition (Filmfestspiele Berlin/Berlinale) in 2008 for the world premiere of the live performance documentary.

Previous to the October 29 present, 83-year-old Ahmet Ertegun, a co-founder and govt of Atlantic Information and chairman of the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame and museum, was backstage in a VIP social space, the “Rattlesnake Inn,” when he tripped and fell, placing his head on the concrete flooring. He was rushed to the hospital, and died on December 14, 2006. The movie was devoted to his reminiscence.

In keeping with keyboardist Chuck Leavell’s tour diary, Mick Jagger had been sick with throat issues, forcing a postponement of the Stones scheduled Atlantic Metropolis live performance and the October 31 Beacon Theater present was moved to November 1, to permit Jagger to recuperate.

Shine a Gentle was initially scheduled for launch on September 21, 2007, however Paramount Classics postponed it till April 2008.[4] The world premiere was on the 58th Berlin Worldwide Movie Competition on February 7, 2008.[5] The movie was additionally screened in some IMAX cinemas.[6] The IMAX model of the movie was the second IMAX Stones live performance movie, the primary being Dwell on the Max, launched in 1991.


From left to proper: Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Keith Richards, Ron Wooden, Charlie Watts and Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick earlier than the world premiere of Shine a Gentle.

A lot of the efficiency footage was culled from the second night time of filming. “The primary night time we had Invoice Clinton there,” Charlie Watts recalled. “I do not know why the Clinton bit’s within the film… That was a bit uninteresting, as a result of they weren’t actually rock ‘n’ roll folks. However Mick was on hearth. You may inform within the third music when Lisa Fisher, the singer, does a shimmy with him and also you see the look on her face. He dances like Fred Astaire, going backwards.”[7]

All tracks are by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, besides the place famous.

  1. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
  2. “Shattered”
  3. “She Was Sizzling”
  4. “All Down the Line”
  5. “Loving Cup” – with Jack White
  6. “As Tears Go By” (Jagger/Richards/Oldham)
  7. “Some Ladies”
  8. “Simply My Creativeness” (Norman Whitfield/Barrett Robust)
  9. “Far Away Eyes”
  10. “Champagne & Reefer” (Muddy Waters) – with Buddy Man; Richards will be seen giving his guitar to Man when the music ends.[8]
  11. “Tumbling Cube” (adopted by band introductions)
  12. “You Received the Silver”
  13. “Connection” (incomplete/reduce with 1999 interview clips)
  14. “Sympathy for the Satan”
  15. “Dwell with Me” – with Christina Aguilera
  16. “Begin Me Up”
  17. “Brown Sugar”
  18. “(I Cannot Get No) Satisfaction”
  19. “Shine a Gentle” (incomplete; audio solely)

Extra acoustic instrumental numbers are additionally performed throughout the closing credit:

  • “Wild Horses”
  • “Solely Discovered Out Yesterday” (Richards)

Noting the director’s frequent use of Stones music in his movies, Jagger joked that Shine a Gentle stands out as the solely Scorsese movie that doesn’t embrace “Gimme Shelter”.[9]

DVD launch

From Paramount Dwelling Leisure, Shine a Gentle was launched on DVD and Blu-ray July 29, 2008.

Bonus options

  • A “featurette” with backstage and rehearsal footage
  • “Undercover of the Evening”
  • “Paint It Black” (mistitled “Black” on some editions)
  • “Little T&A” (mistitled “She’s my little rock and roll” on some editions)
  • “I am Free” (mistitled “Free to do what I would like” on some editions)

The DVD offered 50,115 copies throughout the first week within the U.S. It offered 132,886 by August 14, 2008.[10]

Essential reception

Shine a Gentle obtained largely optimistic critiques from critics. As of April 4, 2008, the evaluate aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 88{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7} of critics gave the movie optimistic critiques, primarily based on 82 critiques.[11]Metacritic reported the movie had a median rating of 76 out of 100, primarily based on 33 critiques.[12]

The full U.S. field workplace gross as of 2011 stands at $5,505,267 whereas the worldwide gross stands at $10,268,084 making for a complete worldwide gross of $15,773,351.[13]

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