Let It Be (1970)

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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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Himself (scenes deleted)


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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20 May 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Déjalo ser  »

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The film - shot in 16mm - was originally intended to end up as a television program. When it was decided to use the material to produce a theatrical release, the end result (via blowup from 16mm to 35mm) matted the top and bottom of the frame, resulting in awkward picture compositions and obscuring picture information. Many shots were even repositioned (up or down) so that heads etc. would not be totally obscured. The later home video release in the early 1980's was a pan-and-scan of this matted version that cut of the sides resulting in the viewer only seeing the center of the filmed frame! See more »


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 »


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 Bandits (1997) See more »


Get Back
Performed by The Beatles
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by Apple Records
Courtesy of Apple Records
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Very glad to have finally seen Let It Be after so many missed opportunities...
4 January 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Having never seen any VHS copies of this last Beatles movie and since it will probably be a very long time before it gets on DVD, I was stoked when I found out YouTube had this uploaded since the later part of summer 2007 and it was still there. All the things director Michael Lindsay-Hogg filmed were fascinating to me especially when Ringo played some piano with Paul or when John and Yoko danced or when Heather-a young pre-teen who's Paul's future wife Linda's daughter from a previous marriage-hung around the Apple Studios. (Oh, and while I did know of George's argument with Paul over George's guitar playing from an outtake that was used in "The Beatles' Anthology", only Paul's explanation to him about that is in here.) Then there's organ pianist Billy Preston who might have officially become the fifth Beatle had the group not split up some time after this film. The real exciting part was the legendary rooftop concert that caused some traffic and had Paul ad libbing some lines about getting arrested at the end of "Get Back"! What a way to end the film and loved hearing mostly positive comments from the crowd below. So on that note, Let It Be is very essential viewing for all Beatles fans or just any that loves good music performed live on film.

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