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Living in the Material World - Scorcese's Documentary about George Harrison
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Zig said
The first time I watched it I was barely able to hold back the tears...until Ringo's final recollection of George at the end. Then, it all came pouring out.

Ringo earned my undying love and devotion with that interview (not that he didn't have it already). It was just so lovely and open and generous of him to share that with us, not to mention a beautiful tribute to George. With a classic twist of bittersweet humor at the end -- "It's like Barbara f***ing Walters in here!" Peace and love, Ringo.

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acmac said

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The first time I watched it I was barely able to hold back the tears...until Ringo's final recollection of George at the end. Then, it all came pouring out.

Ringo earned my undying love and devotion with that interview (not that he didn't have it already). It was just so lovely and open and generous of him to share that with us, not to mention a beautiful tribute to George. With a classic twist of bittersweet humor at the end -- "It's like Barbara f***ing Walters in here!" Peace and love, Ringo.

Agreed - that part had me teary-eyed.  Ringo always seems to wear his heart on his sleeve and seems to 'forgive and forget' some of the worst behaviour from his mates.

 

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trcanberra said

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Zig said
The first time I watched it I was barely able to hold back the tears...until Ringo's final recollection of George at the end. Then, it all came pouring out.

Ringo earned my undying love and devotion with that interview (not that he didn't have it already). It was just so lovely and open and generous of him to share that with us, not to mention a beautiful tribute to George. With a classic twist of bittersweet humor at the end -- "It's like Barbara f***ing Walters in here!" Peace and love, Ringo.

Agreed - that part had me teary-eyed.  Ringo always seems to wear his heart on his sleeve and seems to 'forgive and forget' some of the worst behaviour from his mates.

That's what love is. Good on you Ringo. Too many folk hold onto small trivialities and inane disagreements and never speak for years.

 

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(I really should attempt to see "No Direction Home" one of these days) 

Have you seen it yet? Great documentary!

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Sorry to bring back this old topic but I watched this doc again last night. It's great all the way through but the part that always catches my interest the most (naturally) is the part where Scorsese seems to have access to Ringo's home movies of the reunion in the 90s and then there is pretty good footage of Paul and George doing a harmony in the studios from that time to (whether this came from Ringo or from another film job, I'm not sure).

My question is, has there ever been much discussion on this? How did Scorsese gain access to this material? And if Scorsese could, is there any chance that more could ever come out? Has Ringo ever talked about it? I would love to see as much of this reunion stuff as possible.

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I watched a little bit of this on YouTube-- the first two parts-- but part 3 is blocked, curse it. 

So far it's nothing new, all the early-days stuff I've already heard-- I've yet to come to the good parts. 

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Silly Girl said
I watched a little bit of this on YouTube-- the first two parts-- but part 3 is blocked, curse it. 

So far it's nothing new, all the early-days stuff I've already heard-- I've yet to come to the good parts. 

Seeing Paul and George in the same room signing the papers to dissolve Apple was really cool to see. Would love to have more footage of that, would have been a really cool way to end the 'Anthology' series. 

Edit: That is what that footage is isn't it? Its what I heard from somewhere; that it wasn't just Beatles signing off normal paperwork. I'm rubbish at dating clips.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....0XvBcC3DPU

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Silly Girl said
I watched a little bit of this on YouTube-- the first two parts-- but part 3 is blocked, curse it. 

So far it's nothing new, all the early-days stuff I've already heard-- I've yet to come to the good parts. 

Seeing Paul and George in the same room signing the papers to dissolve Apple was really cool to see. Would love to have more footage of that, would have been a really cool way to end the 'Anthology' series. 

Edit: That is what that footage is isn't it? Its what I heard from somewhere; that it wasn't just Beatles signing off normal paperwork. I'm rubbish at dating clips. George looks like he did in 1974 as does Paul. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....EL4_qadPp4
(clip from 7:13 - the other was flipped and it bugged me)

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Netflix Japan finally made this available and I've been watching it in bits 'n pieces.  One thing that's jumped out (so far) was Klaus Voormann's assessment that (paraphrasing) George was always extreme, whether it was cocaine or spirituality.  My first inclination was "what? the quiet beatle?!"  He's certainly right as far as spirituality and I think a case can be made for the drug thing. Harrison was always there when it came to experimentation in the early days, and it was only due to his quest for spirituality led him away from it (for awhile).

I recall reading about Harrison as a kid; his hair, his clothes, the scuffles. The willingness to moonlight on Lennon's band in order to keep playing when the rest were either unwilling to take gigs or just weren't finding any.  It was George that started the leather thing, wore the black eye, broke the ice with George Martin, had the most biting press conference remarks, got into racing, risked his neck (and home) for a fledgling film, etc.  There's a host of examples.

Yeah, right; The Quiet Beatle.

So far, I am enjoying the hell out of this film.  Most of footage and interviews I've seen before, but it's still creating a new-found appreciation for George Harrison , so congratulations Mr. Scorsese. You succeeded.

This might cause some consternation but it's become clear to me that, on an intellectual scale, George Harrison was first among Beatles.

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I don't think he is any smarter than John, just maybe a little nicer.

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It's an affecting documentary; it's really sad to me that we learn so much about George afterwards.   

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@C.R.A. This may seem shallow, but it's always struck me when drawing him*, the quiet intensity of his gaze and his whole being. Anecdotes such as you mention reinforce this. So, yes, quiet as far as keeping to himself, but by no means sedate. 'There were (not very) hidden fires'... and that's why George is, to me, the most fascinating Beatle. I've never been able to quite articulate it until now, thank you. heart 

*One notices it most when drawing, but of course I've done a fair bit of photo-gazing without the handy excuse of portraiture in my time as well. a-hard-days-night-john-6 

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Silly Girl said
I watched a little bit of this on YouTube-- the first two parts-- but part 3 is blocked, curse it. 

So far it's nothing new, all the early-days stuff I've already heard-- I've yet to come to the good parts.   

Hi @Beatlebug - try this

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I've seen this before, but I don't remember anything about it. I've seen so many Beatles documentaries that they all blend together. 

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I don't think he is any smarter than John, just maybe a little nicer.  

But of course.

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Living In The Material World is now available on Netflix! It was just added!

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Greeting folks.

I watched LITMW again last night and I need to know what George said just after gargling in the mirror. He says something like "...cos you wont have a throat left" and then the bit I'm struggling with. Does he say "It's getting the coke that's the problem"?

I've rewound it a few times but I cant quite get it. Quite a dark part of the film really.

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I watched the first half of this documentary for the first time last night and was absolutely knocked out by the fantastic archive footage, much of which I had never seen before. Seriously hope I can get to the other half tonight, but it takes a small miracle to get 90 minutes to myself!

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Finally got to part 2 tonight. I’m really impressed with the film. George was an amazing human and really deserved to have such a wonderful documentary made about him. I actually found Jackie Stewart’s interview segments to be really compelling, he’s a very insightful guy. 

This is definitely one of the absolute best Beatles-related documentaries, IMO.

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Agreed. Scorsese always does a great job on music documentaries, but he really knocked it out with this one. A beautiful film with an even better soundtrack. 

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