Beatles' "significance" pushed to the breaking point in this bizarre documentary that juxtaposes their songs (sung by a number of rock stars) with World War II newsreel footage. Helen Reddy... See full summary »

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Beatles' "significance" pushed to the breaking point in this bizarre documentary that juxtaposes their songs (sung by a number of rock stars) with World War II newsreel footage. Helen Reddy sings "Fool On The Hill" while Hitler relaxes at Bertchtesgaden, and Rod Stewart husks "Get Back" while Nazi troops goose step. Written by Anonymous

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The Planes. The Janes. The Blitz. See more »


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12 November 1976 (USA)  »

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To imerologio tou fovou  »

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John Lennon stated at the time of its release that Henry Gross' arrangement of "Help!" for this film was much closer to his own original intentions for the song; he had always contended that the version The Beatles had cut for the original record and film was much too fast. See more »

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Edited from To the Shores of Tripoli (1942) See more »

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Hey, Jude
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Sung by Brothers Johnson
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An entertaining presentation of history
3 June 1999 | by (Winchester, UK) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film on British TV (shown in the middle of the night during a TV based 24 hour fund raising event). Worried I might fall asleep before the film, I recorded it.

It remains one of my prized possessions.

The film's message (and final song) is 'Give peace a chance'. It is a remarkable collage of film clips (from movies and documentaries and actual war footage) and music. The film is an entertaining presentation of history, showing many aspects of the second world war.

Particularly interesting for historians of WWII and/or Beatles music.

Over the Christmas 1992/93 I saw a similar film on Dutch TV using classical music and footage of the Balkan conflict (the Serbia vs Croatia one, for those who have lost count), showing the carnage of the war. Since then we've had Bosnia. Now it's Kosovo.

Perhaps it is time to re-release this film for a new generation.

Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.


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