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Let It Be (1970)

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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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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At one point rehearsing "I've Got A Feeling", John is heard singing (and bantering) with Paul, but his mouth isn't moving on camera. See more »

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Paul McCartney: [to George] I'm not trying to get you. But I really am trying to just say, "Look, lads- the band, you know. Shall we... try it like this, you know?"
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Let It Be
Performed by The Beatles
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by Apple Records
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Let It Be (1970) ***
12 June 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I believe this candid look inside the troubled world of the later Beatles is a good account of why the world's greatest musical force ultimately broke up. I wouldn't easily recommend it to a "casual" Beatles listener, and certainly not at all would I suggest it for clueless "non-fans". But for the serious fan such as myself, this is fascinating to watch. Paul McCartney was the only Beatle at this point who was interested in trying to keep the band together; George Harrison was too busy getting fed up with Paul for telling him how to play his own guitar; Ringo Starr was lethargic and resigned to being the solemn background drummer; and John Lennon was so in love with Yoko Ono that he couldn't care less what the other three were doing anyway. So, it's this grim reality creeping into the once magical world of the Beatles' recording sessions that is tense and uncomfortable to watch here. But there is no denying that it's all frank, in-your-face, and well captured.

But it's not all ugliness. When Billy Preston is invited in for an inspired jam session, for example, everything seems like fun and games again. And the impromptu rooftop concert at the end of the movie displays The Fab Four at their best, playing great music together and having a lot of fun one last time as a unit, almost in spite of themselves. Of course, even with all its warts, there's always the music. Classic songs like "Two of Us," "I've Got a Feeling," "Don't Let Me Down," The Long and Winding Road," "Get Back," and the appropriate title tune itself are always there to make us feel good again. *** out of ****


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