Outside the Berlinale Palast tonight (above) as a large crowd gathered to await the arrival of the Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese for the world premiere of their film, “Shine A Light.” Later, inside the Palast (below), portraits of each (photographed earlier in the day) grace the walls of venue, in keeping with the Berlinale tradition of adding photos for each competition screening.
The movie itself is a must-see for Stones fans, but after an exciting start that offers behind-the-scenes footage building up to a Beacon Theater concert in NYC two years ago (including sequences with Scorsese himself on camera preparing to show the show), the film becomes a rather straightforward document of the concert. Exceptional photography and sound make the film an excellent souvenir of the band today, but made me crave time listening to their original recordings. Over at indieWIRE, Shane Danielsen weighs in with his take on the ’08 Berlinale’s opening night film.
[photos by eugene hernandez/indieWIRE]