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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Credited cast:
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 <>

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Release Date:

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 Parker 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 Segni particolari: bellissimo (1983) See more »


Dig A Pony
Performed by The Beatles
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by Apple Records
Courtesy of 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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