Shine a Light (film)

Shine a Light (film)

Infobox Film
name = Shine a Light

image_size =
caption = Film poster
director = Martin Scorsese
producer = Steve Bing
Michael Cohl
starring = Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
Charlie Watts
Ronnie Wood
Christina Aguilera
Buddy Guy
Jack White
music = The Rolling Stones
cinematography = Ellen Kuras
Mitchell Amundsen
Stuart Dryburgh
Robert Elswit
Andrew Lesnie
Emmanuel Lubezki
John Toll
Robert Richardson
editing = David Tedeschi
distributor = Paramount Vantage (US)
20th Century Fox (UK/AUS/NZ)
released = April 4, 2008
runtime = 122 minutes
country = United States
language = English
budget = US$1,000,000
gross = $5,371,629 (domestic) [ Shine A Light (2008)] . Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 14, 2008.]
$8,330,047 (foreign)$13,701,676 (worldwide)
amg_id = 1:379050
imdb_id = 0893382

"Shine a Light" is a 2008 documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese documenting two 2006 performances that took place during English rock band The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour.cite web |last=Buchanan |first=Jason |title=Shine a Light (2008) Review Summary |publisher=The New York Times |url= |accessdate = 2008-03-02] It also includes archive footage from the band's career. The film takes its title from the song of the same name, featured on the band's 1972 album "Exile on Main St." A soundtrack album was released in April 2008 on the Universal label.

Scorsese filmed the Rolling Stones at New York City's Beacon Theater on October 29 and November 1, 2006. The concert footage is preceded by a brief semi-fictionalised introduction about the preparations for the shows, and is intercut with historical news clips and archival interviews with band members. The shows, which were added to the tour schedule for the purposes of the film shoot, featured a different set list than was typical of other shows on the tour (see below), and were noted for their star-studded crowds, including former President Bill Clinton and former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski.cite web |last=Glazer |first=Mitch |title=Soul Survivors |publisher=Conde Nast |date=2007 |url= |accessdate=2008-04-02 |] cite web |last=Boucher |first=Geoff |title=Stones Roll with Scorsese in Shine a Light |publisher=Los Angeles Times |date=March 30 2008 |url=,0,1437315.story |accessdate=2008-04-02 |] The film also shows Jack White, Buddy Guy and Christina Aguilera performing with the band.

Backstage at the October 29th performance, music executive Ahmet Ertegün slipped and suffered the head injury that ultimately led to his death. The film is dedicated to Ertegün.

"Shine a Light" was initially scheduled for release on September 21, 2007, but Paramount Classics postponed it until April 2008.cite web |title=Stones Film Is Delayed |publisher=The New York Times |date=August 11 2007 |url= |accessdate = 2008-03-02] The world premiere was at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival on February 7, 2008.cite web |last=Lim |first=Dennis |title=Wars Past & Present, Rockers Evergreen |publisher=The New York Times |date=February 16 2008 |url= |accessdate = 2008-03-02] The film is also being screened in some IMAX cinemas. [ [ IMAX - Shine A Light] ]


Most of the performance footage was culled from the second night of filming. All songs are written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except the ones which are noted.

#"Jumpin' Jack Flash "
#"She Was Hot"
#"All Down the Line"
#"Loving Cup" - with Jack White
#"As Tears Go By" (Jagger/Richards/Oldham)
#"Some Girls"
#"Just My Imagination" (Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong)
#"Far Away Eyes"
#"Champagne & Reefer" (Muddy Waters) - with Buddy Guy
#"Tumbling Dice"
#* Band introductions
#"You Got the Silver" - lead vocal by Keith Richards
#"Connection" (incomplete/cut with 1999 interview clips) - lead vocal by Keith Richards
#"Sympathy for the Devil"
#"Live with Me" - with Christina Aguilera
#"Start Me Up"
#"Brown Sugar"
#"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction "
#"Shine a Light" (incomplete; audio only)

Additional acoustic instrumental numbers are also played during the closing credits:
*"Wild Horses"
*"Only Found Out Yesterday" (Richards)

Noting Martin Scorsese's frequent use of Rolling Stones music in his scripted movies, Mick Jagger has joked that "Shine a Light" may be the only Scorsese film that does not include "Gimme Shelter" in its soundtrack.cite web |title=Scorsese Shines New Light on Stones |publisher=Reuters/The Australian |date=9 February 2008 |url=,25197,23181075-5013575,00.html |accessdate = 2008-03-02]


Released on Blu Ray and DVD July 29 including bonus material:
*a "featurette" with backstage and rehearsal footage
*Undercover of the Night
*Paint It, Black
*Little T&A
*I'm Free

The DVD moved 50,115 copies during the first week in US. It has sold 111,646 copies to date. [cite web|url= |title=The-Numbers DVD sales |accessdate=2008-08-14 |]

Critical reception

"Shine a Light" received mostly positive reviews from critics. As of April 4, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 88% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 82 reviews. [cite web|url= |title=Shine a Light Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes |accessdate=2008-04-04 |publisher=Rotten Tomatoes]
Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 76 out of 100, based on 33 reviews. [cite web|url= |title=Shine a Light (2008): Reviews |accessdate=2008-04-04 |publisher=Metacritic]

The total U.S. box office gross as of August 31, 2008 stands at $5,371,629 while the international gross stands at $8,330,047 making for a total worldwide gross of $13,701,676.


External links

* [ Official site]
*imdb title|id=0893382|title=Shine a Light
*rotten-tomatoes|id=shine_a_light|title=Shine a Light
*metacritic film|id=shinealight|title=Shine a Light
*mojo title|id=shinealight|title=Shine a Light
*amg movie|id=1:379050|title=Shine a Light

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