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Let It Be (1970)

 -  Documentary | Music  -  20 May 1970 (UK)
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The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.

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A documentary showing both how The Beatles made music together, and how they split up. Hundreds of hours of raw footage was condensed into the final product. The rooftop performance ending the film remains a rock-n-roll archetype. Written by Ed Chen <echen@bcm.tmc.edu>

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an intimate bioscopic experience with THE BEATLES

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Filming began at England's Twickenham Studios the first week of January 1969; a rehearsal area was set up on a soundstage, and the band was expected to arrive at around 8:00 a.m. to begin shooting. After several days freezing on the barely heated, cavernous set, and hating the early-morning hours, The Beatles changed the location to their own "new recording studio", set up in the basement at Apple. They arrived there in the second week to discover a largely empty room, featuring neither the technical innovations promised them nor even normal studio features. Eventually recording equipment was rented, cables were pulled under the door and the building's noisy central heating (also located in the basement) had to be shut off while they worked (studio designer Magic Alex, aka "Magic Alex", promptly disappeared from The Beatles' circle of assistants). The new location proved as cramped as the first one had been overlarge, with band, recording crew, camera crew, Yoko Ono, Linda McCartney and others all together in the same room. See more »

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Due to the 2 camera technique used to film most of the scenes, during much of the performances the audio does not match up with the performers. One such example is during the Suzy Parlor segment, and again during I Got a Feeling, though this scene was filmed using 5 cameras. See more »

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John Lennon: I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we pass the audition.
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Referenced in Alex in Wonderland (1970) See more »

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Dig It
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Written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (as Richard Starkey)
Published by Apple Records
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PLEASE, RELEASE IT!!
10 November 2001 | by (Barcelona, Spain) – See all my reviews

I watched this Beatles documentary for the first time when it was released for the second time in the Spanish theaters in 1980.

I enjoyed it very much in spite of being 10 years old, because a friend of mine had the "Let it be" tape and we used to listen to it very often and we both knew all the songs pretty well. We had a splendid time.

Now I have a copy in VHS of the film and I use to watch it from time to time.

I know it´s mostly a documentary about The Beatles break-up which is kind of sad, but it would be unfair to say the film is not most enjoyable and besides the rehearsals and the arguments, it ends with the very last Beatles concert, (the famous rooftop concert).

The Beatles were four guys who spent some six years together 24 hours a day, "eight days a week" as they would say, working very hard, dealing with all kind of stressing events and it´s logical they split up in the end. Fame is very expensive. George Harrison explains it very well in the last chapter of The Beatles Anthology: "The fans gave the money and the screams, and The Beatles kind of gave their nervous systems...". And I agree with him. It had to be hell!.

None of the four Beatles was to blame for their break-up, that´s something that just had to happen.

If you ever have the chance of watching this film, just do it. It´s a must for all the Beatles fans and all the music lovers.

I hope this gem is released in DVD with lots of extras in the near future!!. Please, release it!!.

Long live the Beatles!.


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