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GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD

Director: MARTIN SCORSESE

208 minutes| U.S.A.| 2011| Colour/Black and White| D-Cinema


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Martin Scorsese follows his odyssey through Bob Dylan’s back pages with this similarly thorough, even more involving chronicle of the quietest Beatle, arguing that George Harrison’s post-Fab Four accomplishments arguably outshine his more celebrated bandmates. Pieced together from a wealth of rare footage, including Harrison’s own home videos, plus intimate and revealing interviews with (among others) Messrs. McCartney and Starr, Phil Spector, Eric Clapton, and close friend Jackie Stewart, Scorsese’s film admirably transcends the cut-and-paste music-doc norm through its wealth of extraordinary material, and, indeed, its foundation in a compelling central idea: once you’ve achieved untold material wealth and fame, then what? In that sense, Harrison joins Howard Hughes and Kundun’s Dalai Lama in the ranks of Scorsese protagonists, as the passing decades see him transcending the madness of Beatlemania in a quest for creative fulfilment, spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. George’s was quite a life, and watching it in a single span is a revelation. (Notes by Trevor Johnston).

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