“Get Back” documentary shows the Beatles “like you’ve never seen them before”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In a lousy London recording studio, Paul is working on an early version of “I’ve Got a Feeling”, Yoko is sitting next to John, George is struggling to find lyrics for ” Something “and Ringo juggles his chopsticks.
After 50 years locked in a safe, director Peter Jackson edited 57 hours of footage in a documentary series that shows The Beatles playing, dancing, joking, experimenting with new songs and overcoming their differences. .
âThese are the Beatles like you’ve never seen them before. As human beings, âsaid Jackson, New Zealand’sâ Lord of the Rings âdirector and Beatles fan.
Originally shot over 22 days in January 1969, the bands offer a starkly different portrayal of the Liverpool group in the months leading up to their acrimonious breakup.
Contrary to the perceived Beatles story that the four musicians couldn’t stand spending time together, Jackson found “these four guys who are friends, who have a deep respect for each other.”
âInstead of yelling at each other, blaming each other and going a little bit crazy, they just fall apart, be professional, have a sense of humor and get on with it. ‘before. And they end up with the Roof Triumph, âJackson said.
The three-part documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” will be released on Disney + Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The tapes were recorded when Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr met to write 14 songs, record a new album and put on their first gig in three years. This now legendary concert on January 30 – on the roof of Apple Corps headquarters in central London – was also their last.
As McCartney put it at one point, “The best part of us has been and always will be when our backs are against the wall.”
The tapes were originally filmed for a shorter, spiteful documentary – “Let It Be” directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg – which was released in May 1970 just after McCartney officially left the group.
Jackson worked with the agreement of surviving members McCartney and Starr, Harrison’s widow and Lennon’s son Sean, but said none of them ever requested any changes or modifications despite his concerns about upon receipt of the documentary.
McCartney and Starr, he said, can barely remember details from those days, so “they’re essentially seeing it almost for the first time as well.”
âThey also said it was quite stressful to watch. They are very much aware that they are pulling the curtain and that you see The Beatles in an intimate and raw way that they have never allowed themselves to be seen before. “, did he declare.
As a longtime Beatles fan who names “Penny Lane” among his favorite tracks, Jackson attributes the Beatles’ continued popularity to the range and infectious quality of their music.
âYou can’t imagine the song ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Revolution No. 9’ are from the same band. If you played it to people who didn’t know it a million years from now, they wouldn’t think it was the same band.
(Report by Jill Serjeant, edited by Rosalba O’Brien)