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Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

A biography of the rock music star.

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This "biography" evolves around the nearly 240 hours of film and videotape fortuitously taken by Lennon of his life. The archive footage is transformed into a fascinating life story of one of the most complex and fascinating men of the modern music era. This effort includes a 36 song soundtrack. Includes some very personal and insightful footage, never before made available to the public. Written by Todd Tidyman

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Discover John...the angry youth, the musician, the radical, the husband, the father, the lover, the idealist...through his own words and personal collection of film and music.


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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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$3,753,977 (USA)
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George Martin remixed The Beatles songs used in the film for Dolby six-channel stereo used in theaters. He called the task one of the biggest challenges of his career. See more »

Quotes

John Lennon: I always was a rebel... but on the other hand, I wanted to be loved and accepted by all facets of society and not be this loud-mouthed lunatic, poet, musician. But I cannot be what I'm not.
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Features Let It Be (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

How Do You Sleep?
Written by John Lennon
Published by SBK Blackwood Music Inc.
under license from ATV Music (Maclen)
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Another 8th of December.....
8 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

..... and I'm still thinking of what we lost twenty -six years ago.When I think of all the great songs that never were...

The film begins with the wistful tuneful "real love" which the three other Beatles reworked on the second volume of the anthologies . It's a pretty good documentary although it does not really do the great artist justice.The most interesting moment is the argument with cartoonist Al Capp -who had already made a satirical comic strip about Joan Baez (Joanie Phonie) and was not probably exactly what people called "liberal" - But there are also interesting scenes during the "imagine" album sessions.

Released at the same time as the obnoxious Goldman's trashy book -which I also read and found disgusting-,"Imagine' is a must for any Lennon fan.But once again,THE film about the working class hero remains to be made.


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