Thanks, jwjp! I prefer to withhold my own thoughts for the moment, but I can answer some of your more objective questions.
Just as background and by way of introduction:
The film was meant to be known as One Plus One
. The new title, Sympathy for the Devil
, as well as the song's final or album version, were added later, and without Godard's consent, to capitalize on the involvement of The Rolling Stones. Upon learning of this at the film's premiere at the London Film Festival in 1968, Godard reportedly rose from his chair, belted the producer, and stormed out of the theater.
The voice overs are a mixture of both political texts and pornographic literature with the names of the protagonists replaced by political figures. The narrator claims to be a Bolivian revolutionary exiled to the more scatological bits of London (possibly even a public restroom).
The black militants read from Blues People
, Amiri Baraka's study of Afro-American culture published under the pseudonym LeRoi Jones (in another segment, one of the reporters asks, Did you call LeRoi Jones?
) as well as a smattering of more revolutionary texts, including a Black Panther book and (I think) something by Eldridge Cleaver.
The woman interviewed is a character named Eve Democracy, played by the objectively luscious Anne Wiazemsky. Wiazemsky also plays the graffitist seen defacing / sloganizing / (detourning?) cars, walls, and buildings with spray paint, though it's unclear -- at least to me -- whether she represents Eve Democracy, or another fictional character, or the actress herself (ie are the graffiti scenes another documentary section or not?, etc.)Discuss..Edited by noob - 3/30/13 at 1:38am