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The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (2010)




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Ever since the Detroit-bred duo the White Stripes rose to fame on the strength of their 2001 album White Blood Cells, they've tirelessly toured the world, and in 2007, when the group hit the road in support of the album Icky Thump, leader Jack White decided their previous tours had shortchanged the nation of Canada and they should do something about it. The White Stripes set up an ambitious Canadian tour that found them visiting every province and territory in the nation, and White and drummer Meg White also set up a number of surprise appearances along the way, ranging from an impromptu acoustic show on a city bus to a few tunes at a community center for Innuit elders. Filmmaker Emmett Malloy followed the White Stripes as they made their way across Canada, and The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights offers a look at the band on and off stage, with Jack dominating the conversation and Meg letting her drums do most of her talking. The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Emmett Malloy
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On DVD: Mar 16, 2010
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Critic Reviews for The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Malloy mixes gorgeously grainy black-and-white and color footage of Jack and Meg White onstage and off; practically every shot in the movie could be blown up into a wall-sized poster.

Full Review… | March 17, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

Some of the most subtly shot and well-recorded concert footage ever from a band not named the Rolling Stones.

Full Review… | March 9, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

A lively document of a revolutionary band on tour in Canada - and a stark reminder of what a music documentary should do.

Full Review… | September 3, 2014
Empire Magazine Australasia

Both film and band really come alive when the White Stripes get onstage.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Accessible to neophytes yet geared to fans...

Full Review… | March 17, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

The most fascinating aspect of the film, though, is the way it intensifies the mystique of drummer Meg White.

Full Review… | March 16, 2010

Audience Reviews for The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights

A close, intimate look at one of the best bands ever, The White Stripes, and their tour across Canada and the various locations they play and people they meet. This film is mainly a montage of their concert performances across the country, but the real special moments of the film often take place when Meg and Jack are in a room alone, with Jack musing about various things while Meg quietly, politely listens on. If anything, this movie shows a tender love story and a band taking a step back from its massive success and fame to go back and perform at random clubs and meet their true, die-hard fans in a very personal setting. It really is a shame they are no longer together, because the touching conclusion of this film showed the promise and deep connection these two artists had with each other.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


"UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS" is one of the best musical documents I've ever seen, and stand comfortably among the likes of GIMME SHELTER and THE LAST WALTZ. The White Stripes (well, Jack mostly) have an unmistakable raw energy when it come to their live shows, and this docu-concert displays it perfectly (across their most innovative tour).

If your a fan of THE WHITE STRIPES, Jack White, or garage rock (like I am), this film is a must see. Everyone else should still check it out because they just might be converted!

Michael S

Super Reviewer

Fans of the band will enjoy this, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. It's mainly all concert footage with a few little interviews here and there.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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