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Hiding Your Light
Release Date: April 04, 2008
Starring: The Rolling Stones
Genre: Concert Documentary
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 121 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Vantage/Viacom
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
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Of course, many of the songs by the Rolling Stones deal with romance and sex, and a couple songs are notorious for their references to drugs or Satan (e.g., “Sympathy for the Devil”). Thus, a concert by the Stones is not going to be filled with a moral or biblical outlook on life.
In filming this concert, which took place in New York City, Scorsese intersperses the band’s songs with past interviews of the band members. In several interviews, Mick Jagger notes that he tries to stay away from political or religious issues and controversies. Also, in one early interview during one of the band’s first tours in America, Jagger says the band probably will be touring for only a couple more years. In another interview shot a bit later, however, Jagger says he can see himself singing on stage when he is 60. Obviously, the latter statement has turned out to be prophetic.
The concert itself features many of the band’s most famous songs, plus three duets with other artists, such as Christina Aguilera and blues singer Buddy Guy. It ends with two of the band’s most popular signature songs, “Brown Sugar” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
Once again, Mick Jagger shows he still has boundless energy on stage. Though the earlier songs in the concert show some age in his voice, this is not true during the last two songs mentioned above. As noted, viewers get to hear the positive Gospel refrain of the song “Shine a Light,” but the rest of the movie reflects the band’s basic pagan outlook. Also, a few “f” words are said and one song contains positive references to smoking marijuana. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
Strangely, on a side note, Jagger leaves out the lyrics about killing the Kennedy brothers, JFK and Robert, in the song “Sympathy for the Devil.” That includes the metaphysical lyrics laying metaphysical blame for their deaths on “you and me,” as the original lyrics state. No explanation is given for this interesting and strange omission.
The title of this concert movie refers to the title of a great Gospel tune written by Stones lead singer Mick Jagger. Scorsese only uses the great Gospel chorus of that song, “May the good Lord shine a light on you,” briefly during the end credits. The rest of the movie features the Stones pagan worldview of romance and sex. Once again, Mick Jagger shows he still has boundless energy on stage. Though the earlier songs in the concert show some age in his voice, this is not true during “Brown Sugar” and “Satisfaction.” SHINE A LIGHT contains brief foul language, some sexual innuendoes and positive references to smoking marijuana in one song.