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Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

R  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Music  |  7 October 1988 (USA)
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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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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: [Yoko is preparing tea while George Harrison is visiting]
John Lennon: This is actually a Beatle wife fixing the tea for one of the fab four ex-Beatles.
George Harrison: Fab three.
John Lennon: Fab three. I'm sorry.
George Harrison: I see Beatle Bill making a pig of himself.
John Lennon: You see much of the Beatles these days, the other Beatles?
George Harrison: I saw Beatle Ed.
John Lennon: Beatle Ed? How is he?
George Harrison: He was all right, but he was just going off on a tour.
John Lennon: Beatle Ed's not doing too well these days, is he?
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Nowhere Man
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by SBK Blackwood Music Inc.
under license from ATV Music (Maclen)
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Very well done
12 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Imagine" is an excellent look at John Lennon, as a young boy, a rocker, a Beatle, an advocate, a husband, a father, and finally, as a legend.

For those (like my sister) who dislike Yoko Ono and blame her for breaking up the Beatles, Yoko is present, but there is plenty else here.

John Lennon isn't an easy man to figure out, and I don't think this documentary tried to. Rather, it attempted to show all sides of him - the Beatle, the drug side, the sketch artist, his attempt to distance himself from the Beatles, stating that he had grown up, his musical journey, his hard-headedness, demands as a musician - the whole thing. One of the nicest scenes is one in which he speaks with a vagrant about his music and then has him come in for a meal. So with all his preaching about peace and being one in the world, he walked the talk.

Lennon provides a lot of the narration, which is taken from hundreds of interviews. There are also interviews with Yoko, Sean, Julian, his ex-wife Cynthia, and others.

If you grew up with the Beatles as I did and mourn the death of John Lennon as I do, or even if you just like his contribution to music, this is a very good look at the Beatles' most off-beat and possibly most brilliant member - a man who continually searched for an identity that kept changing.


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