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9 April 2014
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Update on the Sunday event - I'll get to go as a volunteer! I'm so excited, especially as it's not just a screening, but an event with a reception afterward.

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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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16 April 2014
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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"...:-)

 

 

16 April 2014
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That Beatles Biggest Secrets documentary is dreadful, especially whoever the band is tho the narrator's voice is like a drill going into my brain.a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

And out of interest if its all been written up about in tons of books how are they secrets?

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16 April 2014
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The title is most suitable to the "Tabloid" manner in which the interviews are presented and while I don't necessarily care for the gossip angle, there's some good footage and interviews throughout.  People like Bill Harry, Horst Fascher, Klaus Voorman, etc. played significant roles in The Beatles' Story and have stories to tell, I thought that Tony Barrow's interviews were particularly very good.  I'm not sure of the narrator's name, but he sounds like one of the narrators from the 'Thomas & Friends' TV Series in which of course Ringo also narrated for a short time...:-)  

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Just in case people missed it, x-posting that Albert Maysles passed away at 88. Ringo and Paul as well as George's people paid tribute, which can all be seen at the Rest in Peace thread starting here.

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25 April 2015
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I just watched the First US Visit documentary.  I don't know why I hadn't gotten around to this yet.  I would say it's essential viewing.  There is quite a bit of footage of the band being silly and some of it is really funny.  When they were really "together" and not distant or fighting they were very humorous people.

I was sort of struck by how unhip some of the girls seemed.  The screaming fans were kind of nerdy and annoying with their chanting.  And then it was interesting how you could tell the band were often just having a laugh at everyone else's expense, but they could totally get away with it.

I had also forgotten what it was like before cell phones or call waiting when you had to keep the line free if you were waiting for a call.

I'm going to have to watch this one again.

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I just watched the First US Visit documentary.  I don't know why I hadn't gotten around to this yet.  I would say it's essential viewing.  There is quite a bit of footage of the band being silly and some of it is really funny. 

Ya, it's pretty well North America's answer to A Hard Day's Night, except it's done as a docu. 

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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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26 April 2015
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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.

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

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I have a feeling it is the same Docu, just a different title. I could be wrong!!!!

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Bongo said
I have a feeling it is the same Docu, just a different title. I could be wrong!!!!

The First US Visit is a remaster of What's Happening! The Beatles In The U.S.A which takes out some stuff

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My DVD contains scenes that were left out of the documentary as extras.

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Riveting.....and educational.........

If you haven't seen this put some time aside.....oh and a cuppa tea......

 

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Thanks for that. It makes me glad that I saved all those pennies to buy Anthology - I always thought it was great so it's good to hear that it's probably the best.  

Have to try and get hold of the US Visit one as well - sounds good.

2 of the best in my opinion. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

Only Problem with Anthology is, it's soooooooooo damn long! a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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Only Problem with Anthology is, it's soooooooooo damn long! 

My problem with it is it isn't long enough.

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I finally got around to watching Good Ol' Freda a couple days ago (Netflix added it to their service very recently).  It was decent.  Definitely far from the worst unofficial Beatles documentary I've ever seen.  I learned stuff that I didn't know before (which is more than I can say for many other unofficial documentaries).

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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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