Today is Record Store Day, our favorite international holiday. In honor of the event, I’d like to salute the appearance of the Rolling Stones’ classic 1969 album Let It Bleed during episode four of Jacques Rivette’s 12-hour film OUT 1 (1971). In the scene above, Paris boutique owner Pauline (Bulle Ogier, with her face turned away from the camera) is in the process of moving the Stones LP from the window display to the album bins. Which makes sense, because the movie clearly notes the time as April 1970; Let It Bleed came out the previous November, so as good as the album was/is, it was probably time for Pauline freshen up the display with something else.
I like to imagine that had I been a boulevardier in the Paris of 1970, Pauline’s boutique L’Angle du Hasard (The Angle of Chance) is where I would’ve purchased my albums. (But probably not the hippie fashions hanging on the wall.)
In the screenshot above, note the sign above the bins: “Don’t steal the discs — thanks,” which tells us that Pauline’s longhair clientele were perhaps not down with the whole capitalist system of actually paying for the music they had to hear.
Everything about Rivette’s OUT 1 exudes a fascinating, authentic period vibe: note the copy of ZigZag in the foreground. ZigZag was a British rock magazine launched in 1969, and part of the ‘underground’ press at the time, as period lingo would have it. Presumably any copy of it would have been a badge of cool for Parisian counterculture types circa 1970.
All of which leads me to think, you can’t make a cool prop out of an MP3…
Not familiar with Let It Bleed? The track listing boggles the mind — you know the songs even if you’ve never owned the album. Read up on it at the Stones’ official site and get with it!