It would have been easy for Martin Scorsese to have avoided the cat-and-mouse subterfuge over the set list that opens "Shine a Light," his new Rolling Stones concert film.
Scorsese spends the first few minutes of the movie obsessing over the set, which the band clues him in on about 10 seconds before the lights go up. All that Sturm und Drang was for naught, however: The Stones' list is always written, in what looks like chalk, on the amplifier stacks on either side of Charlie Watts' drum kit (or, in stadium settings, on the plexiglass barrier next to his drums). All Scorsese had to do was train one of his high-powered movie cameras on it and he would have known what song the band was opening with ("Jumpin' Jack Flash"), what it was closing with ("Satisfaction"), and everything in between.
Aside from that bit of manufactured spontaneity however, "Shine a Light" is a riveting close-up, nitty gritty look at the one of the greatest bands ever formed. The movie captures the Stones' two-night stand a few years ago at the Beacon Theatre in New York. It's an intimate place anyway, especially compared to, say, Rentschler Field, but Scorsese gets you so close to the band you'll have chills.