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How I Won the War
2 November 2011
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Can somebody tell me if "How I Won the War" is worth sitting down and watching? ALSO does anybody know where I can get "HELP!" for less that 30 dollars? I want to own that one so bad!

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If you hadn't added the "own! part, I would have suggested library. My eyes were glued to a copy the other day, but I still haven't borrowed it. Other option is Amazon, you can find one for about 18 dollars. Or some local video store

2 November 2011
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I have John's scenes from HIWTW here:

 

And you can watch all of Help! on Youtube for free.

 

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(John is hilarious xD )

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beatlez-luver16 said:

Can somebody tell me if "How I Won the War" is worth sitting down and watching? ALSO does anybody know where I can get "HELP!" for less that 30 dollars? I want to own that one so bad!

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I bought my copy of Help! for £25 but it was worth it. You should consider putting it on your Christmas list! I've not seen HIWTW. Anybody know if it's worth buying?

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Does anyone know more about this movie? The article says it will come out in 2014.

Living is Easy with Eyes Closed

Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed: How John Lennon's role in a 1960s war film inspired a whole new movie

A new film about a teacher who travels across Spain to meet John Lennon, acting in a war movie there, is based on a true story

“I read the story in a paper in 2006,” says David Trueba [writer and director]. “They were celebrating 40 years of Lennon being in Almeria, and I read about this teacher who made this trip and asked Lennon to make corrections in his notebook. The teacher used to listen to Radio Luxembourg and write down the lyrics of their songs, as he heard them, however he couldn't get the lyrics from the Revolver album right as they started using more psychedelic words. When they met, the teacher gave him the notebook and Lennon corrected the lyrics and filled in the gaps. He also corrected songs written by Paul McCartney and George Harrison – 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'Taxman'.”

The real-life teacher Juan Carrón Gañàn is now 88 years old and still teaching English. “The notebook still exists,” says Trueba. “The funny thing is that Lennon used colours when correcting the lyrics. For 'Yellow Submarine' he used a yellow pen, and if he wrote the word 'green' he would use a green pen. You only have to look at the way he did the corrections and you think this guy must have been funny.” After this meeting, The Beatles included printed sheets of their song lyrics with their following albums.

 

Looks like he found a pretty good actor to resemble Lennon.

x-posted to the news thread

25 January 2014
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The Hollywood Reporter reviewed the film following its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival last September.

Screen Daily also reviewed it around the same time.

While The Guardian also had good things to say about it from the same festival.

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^^Good finds, mja. So it is in Spanish. I wonder if they will release it on DVD and/or streaming service with English subtitles.

25 January 2014
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Ah, a trailer for the Trueba film that does have English subtitles.

Looks like we will be getting it from Universal.

25 January 2014
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So is this film about the guy's trip to see John and what happens on the way, that's how it seems from the trailer? And does "based on" mean a guy once went to see John and we've added tons of stuff that didn't happen? 

You can tell i don't watch fictional Beatles films, haven't even seen their 'John' yet?

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So is this film about the guy's trip to see John and what happens on the way, that's how it seems from the trailer? And does "based on" mean a guy once went to see John and we've added tons of stuff that didn't happen? 

You can tell i don't watch fictional Beatles films, haven't even seen their 'John' yet?

Good question about what percentage of the show will have him actually interacting with John. I'm assuming that the guy in round-lens glasses in the picture is John.

 

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A new story about the Living is Easy with Eyes Closed movie

Spain Picks Lennon Film to Compete for Oscar

Spain's film academy has selected the movie "Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados" (Living is Easy With Eyes Closed) about a Spanish man's quest to meet John Lennon as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars.

Director David Trueba's film, chosen Thursday, tells the true story of an English-language teacher from Spain who traveled to the southern province of Almeria in 1966 to try to meet the late Beatles star, who was staying there.

The movie takes its name from the lyrics of the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever," which Lennon began writing in Almeria.

The U.S. film academy will select finalists for the Oscars in January, with the awards announced a month later.

Spain has won four Oscars for best foreign language film. Trueba's brother, Fernando Trueba, won the category in 1994 for "Belle Epoque."

It has been shown (and will be shown) at some film festivals.

IMBD has some clips.

I'd like to watch the whole movie. I wonder if Amazon will sell it on dvd or streaming one of these days?

25 September 2014
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beatlez-luver16 said
Can somebody tell me if "How I Won the War" is worth sitting down and watching?

How about @beatlez-luver16 's original question? I confess I haven’t seen How I Won the War, has anybody here seen it? Any comment will be appreciated.

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26 September 2014
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Oudis said

beatlez-luver16 said
Can somebody tell me if "How I Won the War" is worth sitting down and watching?

How about @beatlez-luver16 's original question? I confess I haven’t seen How I Won the War, has anybody here seen it? Any comment will be appreciated.

I've seen it and I wouldn't recommend it. I only watched it because of John but we don't see him all that often and the movie is boring. It's random and hard to follow. I know that the genre is "black comedy" and it's not for everyone. In my opinion, you're better off watching only John's scenes (there's link to the youtube video higher up).

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Not worth the watch at all. It's time you'll never get back.

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I reviewed it as follows:

It is World War II. Lt Goodbody (Michael Crawford) is an officer because he comes from the right class: however, he is an idiot (a well brought up idiot, it is true, but an idiot nonetheless). The assignment he is given suits his abilities, and also the abilities of his troop (composed of slackers, incompetents, layabouts and the like) - to construct an unnecessary cricket pitch in the middle of the desert. Only his Sergeant, Transom (Lee Montague) is a "proper" soldier, and spends the entire film steaming with frustration at having to nursemaid this overprivileged ninny and his idiot charges. And, despite Transom's best efforts, members of the platoon are killed, one by one (and in one of many surreal touches, they remain with the platoon in spirit, albeit clad entirely in a unique pastel shade).

Dick Lester's absurdist anti-war film is a challenging but entertaining experience, albeit you have to be in the right frame of mind for it. The cast list is a roster of the cream of British acting talent - we don't produce too many headliners, but by heck we fill up the cast with people who know their job.

The elephant in the room is John Lennon. Having worked with Lester in the two Beatles features, and being ready for a sabbatical, Lennnon sallies forth in a straight acting role as the lazy Musketeer Gripweed. Seen for the first time with short hair and his (subsequent) trademark round national Health spectacles, it would be good to report that Lennon steals the show. He doesn't - his lack of acting experience and training shows too much for that - but he doesn't disgrace himself either.

This film has become something of a rarity, yet it has something to say, and it says it eloquently and entertainingly while being quietly challenging at the same time.

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I have tried to watch this film around 4 times and failed, such a boring movie- I get around half an hour in and then gave up. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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I have a really hard time understanding what they are saying. The accents, I guess. The same with A Hard Day's Night, especially John.

I can understand John a bit better with his more "Americanized" accent in the 70's.

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Expert O'Textpert joked through a choking smoke  
I have a really hard time understanding what they are saying. The accents, I guess. The same with A Hard Day's Night, especially John.

I can understand John a bit better with his more "Americanized" accent in the 70's.

Gad, I LOVE their accents, but I agree; the first Beatles film I saw, "Yellow Submarine", half of what they said was meaningless, and the other half reached one of my ears, only to go out the other. (Now I'm used to it; I speak fluent Scouse myself.) a-hard-days-night-john-1
In America they wanted to overdub the voices with American voices, but... well, let's just say Paul took great exception to the notion. paul-mccartneyAnd really, can you imagine A Hard Day's Night with American accents????? paul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartney 

I understand he said something along the lines of "If we can understand you when you talk f---ing Texan, then you can understand us when we talk Liverpool!"paul-mccartney 

Anyway, 

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Texan actually is my language, by the way (and staying on topic is no fun).

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Expert O'Textpert laughed  
Texan actually is my language, by the way (and staying on topic is no fun).

Oh, that moust be it, then. So tell me, can ya oundastand me when a taulk Liverpool, then? 'Cos ai can oundastand you perfectly well.  And ai agree, stayin' on topic is no foun. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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