Death of Charlie Watts: when the drummer of the Rolling Stones was filmed by Scorsese

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Clement Cuyer


Clément Cuyer appreciates all genres, from good hard-hitting horror films to schoolboy comedy. He is an “old man” of AlloCiné, journalist in the editorial staff for more than two passionate decades. “Too old for this bullshit”? Oh never!

Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer, died on Tuesday at the age of 80, was filmed by Martin Scorsese in 2006 for the needs of the excellent documentary “Shine a Light”. Focus.

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts passed away on Tuesday at the age of 80. A rock legend who had the privilege of being filmed by another legend, of the seventh art, this one, in the person of Martin Scorsese. It was in 2006, the director harnessing the energy of the Stones during two concerts at the Beacon Theater in New York to give birth to the excellent documentary Shine a Light.

Released in theaters in 2008 after an opening presentation of the Berlin Festival, Shine a Light, of which Charlie Watts is one of the producers, plunges us, from the preparation of the concerts to the performance, into the intimacy of a legendary group and the most rock‘n’roll of filmmakers. 16 cameras, the biggest international cinematographers … The film, interspersed with backstage and archive images, had benefited from very large resources.

With Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese made the dream of his life come true: to film the Rolling Stones, the group that has accompanied many of his works. Robert De Niro entering a bar on the notes of Jumpin ‘Jack Flash in Mean Streets, the use of Gimme Shelter in Les Affranchis or several pieces which dress the soundtrack of Casino … The very music lover Scorsese has never ceased, over the years, to pay homage to the American quartet.

Why did Martin Scorsese want to film the Stones? “I simply wanted to reproduce in sounds and images the formidable force released on stage by the group, Mick Jagger in the lead”, answers modestly and simply the American scenario writer.

As for Charlie Watts, interviewed by ArtisanNewsService, he didn’t hide his surprise at the sight of Shine a Light. “It’s amazing. I thought I was going very quickly because I can’t look at myself on the screen or listen to myself play. Usually I stop watching quickly.”, declared the British musician. “But here, I was very pleasantly surprised. (…) It’s a documentary that is made in a very interesting way.”

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