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      The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

      1968 1 hr. 5 min. Documentary Music List
      Reviews 92% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score This film documents a 1968 performance from rock legends the Rolling Stones, the Who, John Lennon, Eric Clapton and others. Mick Jagger's girlfriend, folkie Marianne Faithfull, also sings. The unconventional concert takes place in a carnival-like setting, and the musicians don outlandish apparel to match the garish backdrop. Jagger acts as the ringmaster and introduces the bands, and a collaborative blues set by Lennon, Clapton and Stones guitarist Keith Richards is also featured. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Comedic gem. I picked this one out to watch at my birthday party for the first time many years ago, and we all laughed so hard we fell out of our chairs and cried on the floor. Highlights: Yoko Ono as the lead featuring comic--hiding under a blanket, she is the true star of this one. The freaked out guy in the audience in the yellow poncho whose trip has gone bad almost steals this one from her, ultimately he doesn't quite have her comedic timing. John Lennon eating noodles and mumbling while out of his mind on drugs also tries to steal a scene here, but once Ono starts her monologue (screaming--also see her version of Katy Perry's "Fireworks" for this), it's Yoko's show all the way... ...until Mick Jagger performs "Sympathy for the Devil", and rips off his shirt to reveal his very dangerous temporary tattoos of the Joker/Devil. All the comedians are in this one killing you with their music and their time, and hilarity ensues. Watch it with your friends. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Great performances from every band featured in this film. It is really a treat to get to see all of these bands appearing so young on screen. I can't never get enough of Pete Townshend windmills. The main problems with this film is just the fact that it is terribly mastered. We need a blu-Ray copy right now... Also Yoko Ono's glass shattering screams were bothering. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Great artists, great songs, great performances. A Rolling Stones-inspired and headlining concert from 1968. Staged inside a circus tent, it has some superb acts: Jethro Tull, The Who, Taj Mahal, The Dirty Mac (a temporary supergroup consisting of John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell) and, of course, the Rolling Stones. All of these deliver in spades. Marianne Faithfull is also there and is not too bad. On the downside, unfortunately, John Lennon lets Yoko Ono sing... Though that's using the term "sing" in it's broadest definition... While the Stones' performance is great, I would have preferred a more even spread, song-wise, between the artists. While the Stones get 6 or 7 songs on the movie, all the others only get one. A few more tracks from The Who and Jethro Tull would have been awesome. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member This strange '60s concert film headlined by The Rolling Stones is pretty cool. The Stones rock as expected (hey Brian Jones is still there!), but their opening acts are Jethro Tull, The Who, and a one off supergroup called The Dirty Mac: which features John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, and Keith Richards...pretty awesome during song #1 (The Beatles "Yer Blues") but I think I and everyone else could do without the talentless Yoko's squealing on song #2. Mostly this is just a stylish and cool bunch of performances pulled together by The Stones and their Circus theme, which is somewhat fun (a neat conversation between Lennon and Jagger is cool). Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who also directed the Beatles break-up documentary "Let it Be". Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Apart from Yoko Ono's retched screeching, this tour de force features epic performances from Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, John Lennon, the Stones--but most notably, the Who and their masterfully crafted "A Quick One While He's Away". Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Apart from Yoko Ono's retched screeching, this tour de force features epic performances from Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, John Lennon, the Stones--but most notably, the Who and their masterfully crafted "A Quick One While He's Away". Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews An incredible timepiece concert film that's a window into the rock scene of the 1960s. Rated: A- Mar 7, 2007 Full Review Tim Appelo Seattle Weekly Spiffily restored and bursting at the seams with extra features. One-third of the performers were on heroin, including John Lennon. Rated: 4/5 Mar 9, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis This film documents a 1968 performance from rock legends the Rolling Stones, the Who, John Lennon, Eric Clapton and others. Mick Jagger's girlfriend, folkie Marianne Faithfull, also sings. The unconventional concert takes place in a carnival-like setting, and the musicians don outlandish apparel to match the garish backdrop. Jagger acts as the ringmaster and introduces the bands, and a collaborative blues set by Lennon, Clapton and Stones guitarist Keith Richards is also featured.
      Director
      Michael Lindsay-Hogg
      Executive Producer
      Sanford Lieberson
      Production Co
      Gochanour/Klein, ABKCO Films Inc.
      Genre
      Documentary, Music
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 17, 2016
      Sound Mix
      Stereo
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