Directed by Charles Mehling, The Rolling Stones’ “Living in the Heart of Love” video is a tribute to Charlie Watts Released for the 40th anniversary of Tattoo You.
Director Charles Mehling captures the intoxicating spirit of Paris for what was 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.
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. Alexa Haywood executive produced and Semera Khan served as creative director.
Director: Charles Mehling
A Just Fred Production
Creative Director: Semera Khan
Producer: Julie Gonssard
Line Producer: Audrey Carlos
Director of Photography: Martin de Chabaneix
First Assistant Director: Lola Bernard
Starring: Marguerite Thiam & Nailia Harzoune
Location manager: Benoît Becquereau
Casting director: Lucie Tartenson
Steadycam: Jan Rubens
Focus Puller: Antoine Vie
2nd Assistant Camera: François Pallud
Vidéo Assistant: Roméo Gelin
DIT: Pierre De Fraguier
Stylist: Natalie Yuksel
Stylist Assistant: Matthieu Jalladaud
Hair: Quentin Guyen
Make Up: Laurie Moreau
Make Up Assistant: Morgane Vande
Choreographer: Jorane Rest
Post-Production: Nightshift Paris
Post Production Supervisor: Josselin Dor
Editor: Benjamin Ricart
Color Grading: Maxime Mourey
Titles: David Rager
Zadig & Voltaire
Hôtel Grand Amour