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Beatles Documentaries
9 April 2014
11.47pm
parlance
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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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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

14 April 2014
8.25am
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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 was there (instagram pic here) and did a Q&A. He talked about how he and his brother had never heard of The Beatles until 2 hours before they were to film their arrival, 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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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

14 April 2014
10.46pm
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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
2.06am
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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
10.50am
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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
1.45pm
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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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