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The Beatles: Celebration (1999)

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For Beatles fans only....
5 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

..If you are looking for a biography,this is not the DVD to buy.You'd better off with "Anthology" and if you haven't enough dough,"the compleat Beatles" will nicely do.

Geoffrey Giuliano is a Beatleologist who has written lots of books about them ,notably an interesting Harrison biography (Harrison reportedly said: "this guy knows more about my life than I do").He appears in his movie,as some kind of tourist guide who takes the viewer to Abbey road,the roof-where-the-last-concert-took-place ,and the gates of Strawberry Fields.

Most of the interviews come from the post-Beatles era :Pete Best (and Fred Seaman ) speaks of the savage days in Hamburg .There is a lot of unseen photographs although they are sometimes anachronistic : for instance,they are talking about the campaign for peace while showing pictures of Lennon with his second son Sean.

Warning: there's no Beatles music in this one-hour documentary.Not a single note.Not even cover versions or instrumentals.

Much time is given over to the solo careers:Eric Clapton 's interview concerns Harrison's Japanese tour;Paul 's is about his 1990 tour ;and Linda appears to remind us of Paul's Japanese adventure in early 1980.

Beatles fans might be interested in this desultory documentary which has its moments.


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