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Let It Be
17 April 2024
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Hello everyone! I am new here and I am frustrated with the new release of the Let It Be film. I am sure it will look so much better than when I saw it in the movie theater in 1970! Yes I am old! What I really want is a special release of just the rooftop concert. There are so many people who really enjoy the rooftop concert and I am one of them. 

              The original Let It Be film does not show the rooftop concert complete and uncut. The film cuts away to show interviews on the street and the police activity trying to get the concert stopped. I was hoping the Get Back film would fix that. But no! The Get Back film again shows the interviews on the street and the police activity. What is even worse the Get Back film shows the rooftop concert but the screen is split to show different cameras that have recorded all the concert. This shows a smaller picture and I find it difficult to concentrate on just the concert. After more than fifty years we deserve to have the last Beatles live concert with all four Beatles in it’s entirety. Peter Jackson has proved to me at least that he has multiple cameras shooting the rooftop concert so this idea will work. I want him to sync up all the film footage of the rooftop concert and show the concert completely uncut with no interviews on the street and no police activity except when the police get to the rooftop to stop the concert. I am sure this can be done. I know the Beatles play some songs at least twice and there may be some mistakes on some of the songs. This is perfect. Just like a real concert where you actually pay to see the concert mistakes happen when playing live. That is perfect for me. This is the human element that is at the heart of a live concert. 

             I have tried to comment on this in the past on Facebook and I got comments like “I like the interviews on the street and the Police activity.” For anyone who would miss the interviews on the street and the police activity they can watch either the new Let It Be movie or the Get Back movie and it would be preserved there.

             This would be the ultimate Let It Be /Get Back experience! If anyone knows how to get this message to the powers that be that can release the rooftop concert only please put in your two cents worth! This would be great for all generations of fans and correct a huge failure in preserving this until the end of time. Thanks for reading and any suggestions you might have regarding this concert. Roy Stuts

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Welcome, vtrop! I agree with Sleeptalker above. (P.S. I also saw LIB in the movie theaters when it came out and never thought of it as depressing.)

I read the long review in the New York Times. It seems to me that everyone is missing a key difference between “Let It Be ” and “Get Back “: LIB actually shows the Beatles (McCartney) performing the song “Let It Be ” – naturally, since it was released at the same time as the single and the album of the same name.

Maybe I missed it, but when does one see McCartney playing Let It Be in the “Get Back ” docu? You hear him tinkering with it in the background; and you hear the complete song 8 hours into the docu when the credits are rolling. Crazy!!!!! It’s the most famous song to come out of these sessions.

I know Jackson decided not to use ANY footage already existing in LIB , but I think he took it too far.

Also present in LIB but not in “Get Back ” is the funny sight gag of a well-dressed man going up a ladder along the side of a building to get to a neighboring rooftop.

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Welcome to the forum, @vtrop! john-lennon-salute_gif

vtrop said
There are so many people who really enjoy the rooftop concert and I am one of them. 

After more than fifty years we deserve to have the last Beatles live concert with all four Beatles in it’s entirety. Peter Jackson has proved to me at least that he has multiple cameras shooting the rooftop concert so this idea will work. I want him to sync up all the film footage of the rooftop concert and show the concert completely uncut with no interviews on the street and no police activity except when the police get to the rooftop to stop the concert. I am sure this can be done. I know the Beatles play some songs at least twice and there may be some mistakes on some of the songs. This is perfect. Just like a real concert where you actually pay to see the concert mistakes happen when playing live. That is perfect for me. This is the human element that is at the heart of a live concert.

I agree with you, and I think this will be done eventually. Ideally, sooner rather later.

And in the end

The love you take is equal to the love you make

 

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
I also saw LIB in the movie theaters when it came out and never thought of it as depressing.

Likewise, I didn’t find it depressing. Largely, I found it uplifting!

I read the long review in the New York Times. It seems to me that everyone is missing a key difference between “Let It Be ” and “Get Back “: LIB actually shows the Beatles (McCartney) performing the song “Let It Be ” – naturally, since it was released at the same time as the single and the album of the same name.

In the video linked below, Beatley Tone says that he is excited about this release for its improved visual/audio presentation and the performances of Two Of Us , The Long And Winding Road and Let It Be that were recorded the day after the rooftop concert. They are in ‘Let It Be ‘ but are absent from ‘Get Back ‘, and they will now be presented with enhanced picture and sound quality.

Also, similar comments by Andrew Dixon:

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Official Trailer for Let It Be

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Peter Jackson and Michael Lindsay-Hogg discuss the restoration of Let It Be

Michael Lindsay-Hogg: I loved the four of them. I really felt love for them, like a director often feels love for an actor. I really cared for them. And also, I knew what a difference they’d made to the world. They did bring joy to the world.

Peter Jackson: What’s your feelings now seeing the restoration of your movie?

Michael Lindsay-Hogg: It really looks beautiful. And I think it’s wonderful Let It Be may have a new life in the sunshine.

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
(P.S. I also saw LIB in the movie theaters when it came out and never thought of it as depressing.)

Also present in LIB but not in “Get Back ” is the funny sight gag of a well-dressed man going up a ladder along the side of a building to get to a neighboring rooftop.

  

That was my thinking going into LIB for the first time now: the story I’d heard most of my life was that they were very unhappy & simply going through the motions to record it, “After all, they were breaking up.” I’m sure they had their off-camera fights, but there was no faking the joy I detected through the movie, especially while they were interacting.

And, yes, especially with the pipe!

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I agree with ‘Into the Sky with Diamonds’ and ‘quackman’. I certainly find Let It Be an uplifting experience!

Here are links to two interviews with Let It Be Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg:

Variety

I saw it a year ago, because we’ve been working on it slowly for for the past couple of years, Peter’s team in New Zealand, and then the DP, Tony Richmond, and me in Los Angeles. And there it is again, and so we don’t have to worry about people getting the wrong idea, because times have changed. People know what really happened. And also, it just looks so good. It looks so fresh. It looks the way I’ve always wanted people to see it.

And one of the things I love in the movie is when they’re doing Two Of Us , and John is whistling at the end, and then his eyes shift and go back to Paul. Like, “Is that okay? Did I end that one? All right.” And you see how connected they are as human beings and as musicians. I mean, George was frustrated because they weren’t paying attention to his songs enough, but he worked through that. And again, by the time we get to the roof, they are these four beautiful kids who know they’re the best Rock ‘N’ Roll band in the world.”

The New York Times

Peter was the catalyst. He and I met in December 2018, before he really started on Get Back , and he said, “Tell me the story of Let It Be — you know, what’s happened since you made it, because I’ve seen it pretty recently and I think that movie should come out.” So a year or two went by, and he told me that he had a very good relationship with Paul and Ringo and also with Sean Lennon and Olivia Harrison, George’s widow, as well as with Jonathan Clyde, who produced Get Back for Apple. So he started to advocate for Let It Be to come out. He and Clyde got a budget for the restoration work, and slowly it moved through Apple.

No one had ever seen the Beatles have a fight, but that wasn’t really a fight. Up to that point, no one had filmed, except in bits and pieces, the Beatles rehearsing. So that was new territory. That exchange between Paul and George, they never commented on, because it was the same kind of conversation that any artistic collaborators would have. As a director in the theater and in movies, I know that kind of conversation happens five times a week.

How lucky can you get that the last line in the movie is from John, up on the roof. The set has been broken up by the police — which is good, because that’s as many songs as they had rehearsed anyway — then John says, “And I hope we passed the audition.” Because if anyone did pass the audition, in that entire decade, it was the Beatles.

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