Scorsese says Stones film "for generations to come"

Fri Feb 8, 2008 3:03am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

BERLIN (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones have been asked when they would lay down their guitars for good ever since the mid-1960s, shortly after they formed.

More than 40 years on, director Martin Scorsese's new concert film of the British band provides few clues, with the veteran rockers rolling back the years and Mick Jagger putting in a performance worthy of a man a third of his age.

Whether the two 2006 concerts in New York where the footage was taken will be among their last is not the point, Scorsese argues, although one reason for making "Shine a Light" was to preserve the Rolling Stones for the future.

"This might give some sense of what it is as a working band on stage for generations to come, hopefully to see this and to appreciate who they are," Scorsese told Reuters after the movie was screened to the press at the Berlin Film Festival.

At 65, the New York-born film maker is roughly the same age as the Stones, and their music provided a soundtrack to his life which he said influenced his work heavily.

"The sound of the Stones, the construction of the songs, the nature of the chords that are used, the sound of the voice, Jagger's voice, all of this worked on me in my own mind from listening to the records," he said in an interview.

He added that the Stones were part of his "musical movie DNA," explaining why the song "Gimme Shelter," for example, had made it into so many of his movies. The music influenced the pictures, not just the sound.

"They certainly influenced the images, there's no doubt about it. Look at 'Mean Streets', it has a similar kind of edge to it. I was attracted to that kind of music and what they were saying at that time."   Continued...

<p>Director Martin Scorsese (C) poses with Rolling Stones members Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood and Mick Jagger at the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the opening film 'Shine A Light' running in competition at the 58th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 7, 2008. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele</p>