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14 April 2014
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^^ Just got back home from my volunteering shift at Cinefamily, as I decided to stay to help out with the next film to build up my hours, which earns me a monthly member pass. It's great deal!

I'm very happy I finagled my way in, not only to see and hear Maysles in person, but apparently what we saw was the director's cut of the documentary. I couldn't tell you offhand what was different/extra - I'll watch whatever's on YouTube when I get a chance and report back. One thing I loved about the documentary was the focus on the people around them like Murray the K - how they would comport themselves to seem cooler in their presence.

Albert Maysles did a Q&A after the film (instagram pic here). He talked about how he and his brother had never heard of The Beatles until 2 hours before they were to film their arrival and about their decision to film a family watching Ed Sullivan since they couldn't get past the unions. He later got to know John a bit because he lived in the Dakota, but during filming, he felt closest to Paul. He said Brian was exactly the way he was portrayed: "what you see is what you get." And he's never seen A Hard Day's Night, but someone asked him if Richard Lester's ever acknowledged the debt he owes to the Maysles film, and he said that Lester has probably been asked and probably does. And he talked about how he and his brother divided the duties - his brother was responsible for sound, supervising the editing and producing the film, and he was the director.

I didn't speak to him at the reception afterward, partly because I was volunteering and partly because I never know what to say in those scenarios. But it was a very good night.

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Here's a couple of obscure "Documentaries" to check out, the makers obviously had trouble securing the rights to using their music (surprise, surprise!) for the two, but there's some interesting footage that I've never seen before here:

 

 

Not sure what to make of this next one, but it's interesting nonetheless:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ABLQBGWsC8

 

The best bit for me is when John responds to the enquiry about being mobbed all of the time, "the police get mobbed, we don't", haha...:-)

 

 

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Here's the 'A Toot And A Snore' Bootleg that May Pang references in the second documentary posted above of John & Paul's "reunion" session in 1974:

 

 

Not exactly up to the Lennon/McCartney standard, good thing that there's other notables in here to share "the blame"...:-)

 

 

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ahdn_paul_06 That documentary was an inspiration for A Hard Day's Night. I wonder if the original documentary can be found?

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ahdn_paul_06 That documentary was an inspiration for
A Hard Day's Night. I wonder if the original documentary can be found?

Are you asking if you can find The First US Visit Documentary?  You can find it on amazon.

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Annadog40 said
ahdn_paul_06 That documentary was an inspiration for
A Hard Day's Night. I wonder if the original documentary can be found?

Are you asking if you can find The First US Visit Documentary?  You can find it on amazon.

Nope I am talking about the original What's Happening! The Beatles In The U.S.A

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CBS News, 50 Years Later...The Beatles At The Ed Sullivan Theater

I watched this one on YouTube over the weekend and enjoyed it. When I saw who the panelists were, I was not sure how good it was going to be, but each of them were very good - particularly Peter Asher, Neil Innes and Julie Taymor. In the spoiler are a blub about the doc as well as the YT video. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Published on Feb 14, 2014
CBS News Correspondent Anthony Mason moderated "50 Years: The Beatles."Watch this eclectic panel discuss the band's appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show at the very same theater where that historic performance took place, a panel gathered Sunday night to talk about the Beatles. Panelists: Pattie Boyd, Peter Asher, Felix Cavalieri, Neil Innes, Mick Jones, Tad Kubler, John Oates, Nile Rodgers and Julie Taymor.

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