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The Beatles Films
25 August 2009
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Alissa
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What do you think of them? Like them, dislike them?

I myself have seen both A Hard Day's Night and Help! and adore them both. I think they were absolutely hilarious! I practically laughed up a lung during so many scenes; it may be because I'm utterly smitten with all of them, but even my little brother found them funny.

I think I prefer Hard Day's Night, but Help! had so many funny parts, along with such good and inventive cinematography. The camera work was fabulous, the humour gut-busting and the Beatles in all their adorable glory.

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
22 October 2009
2.42am
Alex
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I liked them. I've seen A hard day's night twice and help once.

The scene I remember best is when Ringo was telling them about sticking his head in railings while he wasn't using it for school.

25 October 2009
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A Hard Day's Night was very British but with Help! it took on a more international theme.  Very reminiscent (and I'm showing my age here) to the Batman TV series! As already said though, both are very funny.

I do like Let It Be for the "behind the scenes" bits plus there are some cracking little snippets of music that you don't hear elsewhere.  The electric version of Two Of Us I find just fantastic to listen to as is Paul's little bit of classical piano playing.

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
25 October 2009
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I love all of the Beatle's movies. I own them all on dvd (I have a bootleg of Let it Be) and they are simply incredible. A Hard Day Night and Help! are my favorites, for they are simply hysterical. Magical Mystery Tour is just a wonderful film. I love the art of it all, and even though I think it's their weakest film, I still enjoy it a lot. Yellow Submarine was my favorite movie when I was little and I didn't even know at the time that this music would become the main reason I enjoy my life. Let It Be makes me cry. It really does. It shows the downfall of the greatest band that ever was. I remember the first time I saw the rooftop concert.... knowing that this was the last time they'd ever play live together, I bawled my eyes out. But it's an amazing film. It really is. I think everything they ever released should be praised because it's just so amazing.

12 December 2009
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skye
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I came across a fan edit of MMT. Has anyone seen it? Magical Mystery Tour: 40th Anniversaary Edit

Cuts removed/added/altered:

  • -”Hello Goodbye” video added before title sequence. This provides the film with a few more minutes of Beatle music, and gives reason to the song’s partial appearance in the end credits. Has little to do with the rest of the film, but the same could be said for the rest of the musical sequences.
  • -”Flying” sequence placed after the “magic is beginning to work” sequence
  • -”I am the courier”/”I Am The Walrus” placed after wizards’ first scene
  • -Aunt Jessie’s dream placed after Miss Winters announces luncheon time
  • -”Sergeant Victor” scene placed between Jessie’s dream & “Blue Jay Way”. Looks like the group is walking directly from the sergeant to the tent.
  • -Buster confesses love to Jessie *after* Bonzo Dog strip club scene.
  • -Marathon scene placed after Buster passes out during above scene. This scene was placed way too early in the original version, and works better as a grand conclusion to the bus trip.
  • -Buster & Jesse’s beach romance placed after marathon scene. This is now no longer a dream sequence. Moving this and the previous Buster/Jessie scene later into the film now gives some proper progression to what little plot this film has.
  • -above scene ends with Jesse and Ringo joking around. This provides some closure to the arguing that they were doing at the start of the film.
  • -”Your Mother Should Know” and end credits follow the above scene
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22 December 2009
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Amphion
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I too have a bootleg 'Let It Be' on video. I have long waited for this film to be released on any format. I know that the lat time Let It Be was shown on UK tv, was in 1982. (Preventing copies being made, which I can understand and appreciate.) I would rather own a genuine copy of the film. I avoided buying anything that was'nt legitamately released under The Beatles (Quality) logo, but, time drags on, Im not getting any younger, and even a very dark, questionable quality video of 'Let It Be' is prefurable to trying to recall the sequence of events from a film last shown in Britain, 27 years ago.

26 December 2009
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skye
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Can The Rutles count as a Beatles movie? I got a VHS copy of it for Christmas as well as an LP of the soundtrack and it is awesome. I mean, it does have a Beatle in it!

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27 December 2009
6.06am
Henry the Horse
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A Hard Day's Night -- Masterpiece.  Innovative filmmaking, cutting social satire, '60s time capsule, witty dialogue...and, by the way, a great showcase for the Beatles.  Not just the Beatles' best film, but one of the best films of the decade.

Help! -- Meh.  A funny film through the (very hilarious) "Intermission" bit; becomes plodding and repetitive thereafter.  McKern, Spinetti, and Kinnear steal the show from the Beatles.  AHDN inspired such semi-gritty and thoughtful pop films as "Catch Us if You Can" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey." HELP! went on to inspire the Monkees.

Magical Mystery Tour -- Oh dear.  Remove the music and what remains is on par with my mother's home movies.  Really, now -- if anyone but the Beatles were in this, would it hold your attention for five minutes?  Two great songs ("Fool," "Walrus"), and a couple of funny ad-libs by John are not enough to rescue it.

Yellow Submarine -- Very good, but not great.  Dazzling artwork, but limited and/or rotoscoped animation.  I don't know if they lacked the time or the budget for full animation, but it could have been so much more.  The imagination evident in several of the scenes helps compensate for the shortcuts.

Let It Be -- The Beatles "with their trousers down," as John put it.  Viewed in the right frame of mind, it's morbidly fascinating.  Viewed objectively, it's 60 minutes of bored musicians delivering sloppy, out-of-tune performances, followed by 20 minutes of rockin' on the rooftop that almost salvages the whole mess.  Almost.

JBL

27 December 2009
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Joe
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I read something this week that had never occurred to me before. The Beatles had a break from January to March 1966; from April they began work on Revolver. Now, they were surely in need of a good holiday at the beginning of the year, but it's been suggested that this time was set aside for a film project that fell through. They had no performances scheduled before May either.

It got me wondering about the film possibilities that could have been. A year later, in January 1967, there were talks to have The Beatles make a Joe Orton script which was eventually rewritten as Up Against It (Brian Epstein didn't approve of the original script). A little later there was talk of screen adaptations of The Three Musketeers and Lord Of The Rings, but, again, this was well after 1966.

So, I wonder what The Beatles' third film have been like if the original schedule of January-March 1966 had worked out. Something between Help! and Magical Mystery Tour? It's nice to imagine.

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28 December 2009
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Yeah, I remember being told that they were going to do the Three Musketeers but it didn't work out, so they got actual actors. It's a great movie but it would have been a very different movie with the Beatles. Although the humor of the characters is very Beatlish, which probably has a lot to do with Richard Lester.

But as a "what if", I could see John as Athos, Ringo as Porthos.  Paul and George are harder but I would have Paul as Aramis and George as D'Artagnon. It could go the other way but Aramis is a bit of a lady's man and and D'Artagnon is young and hot headed so I think it would work better the first way. Everyone else could stay. I LOVE Charlton Heston as Richelieu. Lord knows how they would have worked their songs in.

Lord of the Rings?! Seriously? Wow. I guess Ringo would be Frodo? Laugh

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19 January 2010
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skye
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Can you guess the film?

But I'm clean

Film in the Blanks: But I'm clean

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19 January 2010
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Alissa
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skye said:

Can you guess the film?

But I'm clean

Film in the Blanks: But I'm clean


Mmmm, looks a little like Lego to me! Leave it to me to know that, me and my two brothers made some fierce lego buildings and towns back in the day!

Speaking of, though it has nothing to do with Lego or films, did anyone catch Paul on the Golden Globes? I squealed when he bounded on stage- he's just so youthful, he still has this sense of vitality. He got to present the award to Best Animated feature, which I'm sure he enjoyed, seeing his love of animation. He was also nominated for an award himself, but lost to the guys of the film Up. Anyone else see him?

Here it is if you missed it; just fast forward a wee bit, to about the middle. (Ignore the boring John Lithgow speech! :P) He even has some jokes- atta boy Paul. (L)

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
19 January 2010
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skye
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"Adults who take drugs." Laugh

It does look like Legos.

Help!

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23 March 2011
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skye said:

Can you guess the film?

But I'm clean

Film in the Blanks: But I'm clean

A'm not really sure, but A think it looks like A Hard Day's Nighta-hard-days-night-ringo-7

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