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Let It Be
31 January 2010
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I was thinking of starting a Let It Be thread, then saw this story:

The 'only son' of Orson Welles to take DNA test

British film director Michael Lindsay-Hogg will check paternity after years of rumours that giant of cinema was his father.

Lindsay-Hogg was the director of Let It Be, and of the Hey Jude promo. I had no idea there were rumours about his parentage.

Anyway, Let It Be. Thoughts? Good, bad? A blight on their reputation or fascinating insight? I guess I side with the latter but it's not a classic film. It seems a bit aimless and sometimes dull. Plus, the really interesting stuff, such as George quitting the band, wasn't included despite being filmed.

Apparently ML-H was ordered to cut out any scenes which didn't feature just The Beatles and their immediate inner circle, which meant a lot of interesting discussions behind the scenes couldn't be included. Unfortunately I can't remember where I read that.

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31 January 2010
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I've always liked it. There are little bits in it which I think are great:

  • Paul's classical piano piece
  • George helping Ringo compose at the piano
  • 'Two Of Us' electric guitar version – with John & Paul lost in their own world

I recall seeing it as the cinema as the trailer film to Slade's film Slade in Flame.

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
31 January 2010
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I like it and I wish Sir Paul would consent to putting it out on DVD. I understand his reluctance, but c'mon Paul! It's time already!!!

1 February 2010
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I hadn't seen Let It Be for years ultil i picked up a copy recently but i thought it was fascinating. At times you can really see the split in the group but at others their jamming and enjoying it like they haven't got a care in the world.

The whole film is worth it for the rootfop gig at the end. This is just brilliant and its great to see it in full rather that just the odd song here and there

Onward my friends, and glory for the thirty ninth!!
1 February 2010
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It would definately be great if they cleaned up the soundtrack and did it in 5.1 surround. Saying that, I take it the sound was captured on the movie soundtrack so would only be in two track stereo?

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1 February 2010
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PaulRamon said:

I hadn't seen Let It Be for years ultil i picked up a copy recently but i thought it was fascinating. At times you can really see the split in the group but at others their jamming and enjoying it like they haven't got a care in the world.

The whole film is worth it for the rootfop gig at the end. This is just brilliant and its great to see it in full rather that just the odd song here and there


There's quite a bit from the rooftop show they didn't use. They did a few of the songs more than once, though for obvious reasons they just used the best versions. I'd love to see a full version though.

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2 February 2010
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Yeah, I've always wished they showed more from the rooftop too. To me, it's the only engaging part. (Although I do like the scene when George is helping Ringo.) Personally, though, I find the film dull and depressing. I don't think it makes the boys look all that bad, but it's sad because 1) you know what's about to happen 2) they appear more reserved than loose and 3) John looks strung out on h… which he was most of the time.

It's definitely got historical importance and for that reason alone it's got some interest value, but everytime I see a scene from it, I have to put on a sweater… brrrrr. London in January. White room. Very little warmth among four formerly very close friends. Frown

19 July 2010
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I've watched the movie a few times over the past few days with the volume in my headphones all the way up and it is fascinating. That argument between Paul and George is just so intense and I always get the feeling that George just didn't feel respected in the group. He makes a few snide remarks, especially after Paul uses the word "lads" for the thousandth time.

I don't know, I think the movie just helps me understand the breakup a little bit better, it makes it more real. Paul clearly was bossy and a bit big headed, John really was completely out of it and throws virtually no actual opinions out during the movie, and George and Ringo clearly aren't that interested in dealing with it all.

But there are scenes that I absolutely love, mostly the jam sessions.

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5 July 2011
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I saw this article 10 movies that famous people don't want you to see and I laughed so hard at 5th place, because it's soo true. a-hard-days-night-paul-2a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
6 July 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8That is so true. Thanks for posting that.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
6 July 2011
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That really is true. I never realized that no one makes no mention to any of the most obvious things. Laughing at that caption under the Billy Preston picture.

 

Off topic under that article: I've never heard about that Jerry Lee Lewis movie. I'm quite glad it wasn't made.

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9 July 2011
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mjb said:

I've always liked it. There are little bits in it which I think are great:

  • Paul's classical piano piece

I've always wondered what this piece was.  Paul is playing it, apparently at the start of filming one morning as Ringo arrives and walks toward the piano.  Is it his own piece or, if not, does anyone know whose piece it is?  Has Paul ever included it in any way, so far as anyone knows, in some later composition?

9 July 2011
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It must be something, it's way too pretty for Paul not to use it. Paul was not one to waste a good tune.
I've always seen that as Paul setting the tone for the album, it's almost like he figured, 'look, Hey Jude was pretty good, so this is how it's going to be.' John's on bass for most of the jam sessions and John just wasn't really a bass player, although he hangs in there.
Think about George bringing in Billy Preston though, after Paul had decided to play piano man. You could see why there would be tension between those two because George seemed like the only one trying to take any of the power away from Paul who clearly is in complete control of the whole project.
Still easily my favorite Beatles movie, there's just so much you can get out of it. Only the Beatles could be cool enough to film their breakup for the fans to analyze.

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9 July 2011
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GniknuS said:

Still easily my favorite Beatles movie, there's just so much you can get out of it. Only the Beatles could be cool enough to film their breakup for the fans to analyze.

I find it too depressing to finish. The fact Paul is the only one who cares pisses me off.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
9 July 2011
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Paul doesn't seem to care all that much when Across The Universe is brought to the table. I don't find it depressing at all, we all know how the story ends, so you might as well enjoy the ride.
I think they all clearly care, George brought his songs and they all showed up and tried to bring some of the magic back, it just clearly seems to be Paul's project, it almost seems like it should be Paul McCartney and the Beatles. Perhaps Paul cared the most by trying to force the album and film, but it just seems really weird that Paul thought the best solution following the White Album was to stick cameras in their faces and make them record at what Ringo described as a big barn.
The film is worth finishing for the performances.

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10 July 2011
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Isn't the piano piece Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings?

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10 July 2011
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Joe said:

Isn't the piano piece Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings?

I think it's based off that. *20 seconds of Googling* Yep, based on it. On the second disc of Let It Be… Naked it's referred to as Paul's Piano Piece.

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30 May 2012
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I've only seen bits of it like a couple of the numbers they do such as Two Of Us in the studio and the rooftop concert at the end. I'd quite like to see the whole film to see how it develops and how to see how much strain they were under during rehearsals. Just a small question, I'm not sure this is the right place to post a question like this, but the second (last) time they do Get Back on the roof there is one point quite early on in the song where John looks at Paul and points at the amp and then tries to play a few chords whilst looking at a guy crouched down next to it before George seems to turn the amp up and then his and John's guitars come back into the song. Does anybody know if the guy turned the amp off because the police were there or did it just cut out? 

30 May 2012
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I believe the amp was turned off at the police's instigation, after which they were immediately turned back on, but I can't remember fully. The article here should give full details:

http://www.beatlesbible.com/19…..-building/

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30 May 2012
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Was it Mal who turned it off? I havent seen the film for a long while.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
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