Friday, January 13, 2017

Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America

This combination documentary and concert movie shows the Rolling Stones on their 2016 tour through Latin America. The social and political oppression that has been the lot of Latin America ever since the Monroe Doctrine drove the youth of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s underground, and the Stones ouvre provided a multi-album anthem for this resistance. While matronly Argentinians idolized Evita Perón, the youth of the nation hung on to every scratched, contraband Stones record, every thread of frazzled T-shirt, every move stolen from Jagger's onstage hyperkinetic performance. The Stones provided symbols of resistance in a period when merely being young and autonomous was a crime. So this film fascinates not only with its breadth but with the depth of the fans' love, particularly in Argentina. The Argentine concert footage shows the Stones united in one great celebratory mass with a stadium-full of fans. Sure, the band knows how to rock a stadium, but the unity of band and adoring fans is enough to bring a poor boy to tears.

Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America, after a one-night appearance in theaters across the US, premieres this Sunday, 15 January 2017, at 10pm ET on STARZ.