Shine a Light


DIRECTED BY: Martin Scorsese

Take a bow: from left, Jagger, Wood, Richards and Watts (on October 29, 2006)

If you love movies (and have a soft spot for the Rolling Stones), the chance to catch director Martin Scorsese in action at the helm of a Stones concert doco is — here we go — a gas gas gas. The logistics of the Stones juggernaut steamroll mundane logic, let alone with Scorsese and his roving cameras and pesky directorial requirements to contend with. (Set list? What set list?) 


But before he took on the Stones, Scorsese (The Last Waltz, No Direction Home) was already familiar with the vagaries of musicians. So when the sinewy old lions let it rip at New York’s Beacon Theatre in 2006 (with guest spots from Jack White, Buddy Guy and Christina Aguilera), cinematographer Robert Richardson and his smooth crew are right up there with them. Shot over two nights and interspersed with clips from a God’s-gift archive, this is as close as anyone is ever likely to get to Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, still rolling and loving it after all these unparalleled years.