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George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 4 October 2011 (UK)
Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul McCartney ... Himself
John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
Ringo Starr ... Himself
Louise Harrison Louise Harrison ... Herself
Harold Harrison Harold Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry Harrison Harry Harrison ... Himself
Peter Harrison Peter Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)
Olivia Harrison ... Herself (wife)
Dhani Harrison ... Himself (son)
Eric Clapton ... Himself
Pattie Boyd ... Herself
Pete Best ... Himself (archive footage)
Cynthia Lennon Cynthia Lennon ... Herself (archive footage) (as Cynthia Powell)
Julian Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
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George Harrison first became known to the world as "The Quiet Beatle" of the Fab Four, but there was far more to his life than simply being a part of The Beatles. This film explores the life and career of this seminal musician, philanthropist, film producer and amateur race car driver who grew to make his own mark on the world. Through his music, archival footage and the memories of friends and family, Harrison's deep spirituality and humanity are explored in his singular life as he took on artistic challenges and important causes as only he could. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Official site [Japan]

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English

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4 October 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

George Harrison See more »

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$156,113
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.78 : 1
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For decades, with his legacy in mind, Harrison had been saving photographs, letters and memorabilia as well as his film footage of interviews he had recorded. See more »

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References Time Bandits (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

This Boy
Composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP)
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
Performed by The Beatles (uncredited)
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Life of George
4 October 2011 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

Of course you'd have to be a fan to really appreciate Martin Scorcese's extensive re- telling of the life and times of George Harrison but I am and so I presume was everyone at the sold out screening of the movie tonight at the Glasgow Film Theatre. More assembled than directed of course, Scorcese takes us through the highs and occasional lows of the man's life without signposting anything too obviously so that the near four-hour viewing time rarely drags (it was broken by a half-hour intermission at the showing I attended) and I found myself rapt with attention.

The film starts with a typically humorous, modest and elusive appearance by George seen between the flowers in his massive garden at Friar's Park, which mansion features so extensively in the footage shown that it should almost get a credit too. From there, Scorcese takes us on a linear journey dwelling on the major events in his life without markedly signposting the passage of time at any point, which I think helped the flow of the film. There was much archive photography and video footage which even a die-hard like me hadn't seen before, and the interviewees are well chosen and well edited, although I was surprised that say, Jeff Lynne or Michael Palin didn't get a look-in, although maybe Marty thought re. the latter that the presence of two other Pythons (Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam) was enough. The best of the interviewees are probably Gillam, Ringo and George's widow while the resemblance to his son Dhani is quite uncanny. The shock appearance of a now incarcerated Phil Spector, looking ridiculous in his "wig of the day" is controversial and prompted gales of laughter amongst the Glasgow crowd but he's actually surprisingly lucid. Yes perhaps Scorcese dwells too much on the Beatles time and omits his output from 1973 to 1988 almost totally - it was a mistake surely to not mark the sequence on Lennon's murder without playing even a snatch of "All Those Years Ago" and likewise to make no reference at all to his comeback hit single "Got My Mind Set On You" and parent album "Cloud Nine". Even so, while some may argue as to whether Harrison's own legacy deserves this Scorcese tribute in the wake of the great director's other recent homages to Dylan and the Stones, the fact that the audience I was among thought enough of what they had watched to spontaneously applaud at the end tells its own story, I think. As we near the tenth anniversary of his untimely death, I certainly enjoyed the movie and left convinced that George was a decent, not perfect man who while he may he have been the third most talented of the four Beatles, was more than worthy of this sincere and entertaining tribute.


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