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The Rolling Stones 'Living In The Heart Of Love' by Charles Mehling
Director Charles Mehling captures the intoxicating spirit of Paris for The Rolling Stones’ “Living in the Heart of Love,” the first song released off the 40th anniversary edition of Tattoo You. A hedonistic rock and roll love story set in the City of Light’s most shadowy hours, the monochromatic film serves as the de facto homage to Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away just days after the video wrapped.
“Living in the Heart of Love” tracks two female heroes – a modern-day Sid and Nancy (played by actors and real-life couple Nailia Harzoune and Marguerite Thiam Donnadieu) – and a cast of like-minded characters who traverse Paris after-hours, down for whatever magic the night has in store.
Known for his ability to capture iconic and sexy yet spontaneous moments, Mehling and his crew, assembled by executive producers Marieke Tricoire (Womanray Paris) and Olivier Gauriat (Barnstormer Productions), took a cinéma vérité approach over the two night-shoot, utilizing gritty, atypical Parisian backdrops and even the director’s own room at Hotel Grand Amour for the interior party shots. Archival footage of the Stones is cleverly interwoven into the scenes of a bacchanalian night to remember - culminating in an adventure that is glamorous, rebellious, and fun to watch.
The editing stays in lockstep with Charlie Watts’ swing-and-stomp drumming, channeling the Delta blues by way of Swinging London. The film was given an added stroke of relevance and poignancy by the timing of Watts’ passing just two days after wrapping.
Even more so by Mick Jagger’s request to close the film with the words “Charlie is My Darling,” a nod to the 1966 Stones documentary of the same name, written in script over an early morning shot of Sacré-Cœur and the sleeping city below.
|Production Company||A Just Fred Production|
|Executive Producer||Marieke Tricoire|
|1st AD||Lola Bernard|
|Director of Photography||Martin de Chabaneix|
|2nd AC||François Pallud|
|Editing company||Nightshift Paris|
|Post production company||Nightshift Paris|
|Lead actor||Marguerite Thiam|
|Lead actor||Nailia Harzoune|
|Production Company||Womanray Paris|
|Production Company||Barnstormer Productions|
|Executive Producer||Olivier Gauriat|
|Executive Producer||Alexa Haywood|
|Creative Director||Semera Khan|
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