MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 973 this week

George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 5,277 users  
Reviews: 27 user | 52 critic

Inter-cut with archive material, friends, family and associates of the musician tell the story of his life and how spirituality became such a major part of it.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 08 Oct 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 16 May 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 03 Jan 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 26 May 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 12 Jul 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of George Harrison: Living in the Material World.

User Polls

Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Shine a Light (2008)
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Martin Scorsese
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Directors: Steve Barron, Nicholas Brandt, and 12 more credits »
Stars: Michael Jackson, Forrest J Ackerman, Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Despite its nearly four-hour running time, this is a uniquely personal look at movies from one of the late 20th century's great directors and film historians. The film consists of head & ... See full summary »

Directors: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson
Stars: Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, Frank Capra
The Blues (TV Series 2003)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Stars: John Mayall, Carl Lumbly, Tommy Redmond Hicks
Let It Be (1970)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Kundun (1997)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York City and the family history back in Sicily. These are two people who have lived together for a long time and ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese, Martin Scorsese
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An extremely burnt-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic, haunted by those he failed to save, fights desperately to keep a grip on his sanity over three increasingly turbulent nights.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Directors: Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi
Stars: Timothy Garton Ash, James Baldwin, Mary Beard
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Film-maker Martin Scorsese looks back over the impact of The Statue of Liberty on the twentieth century, her evolution and what she meant to people of the past and what she continues to mean after September eleventh, 2001.

Directors: Kent Jones, Martin Scorsese
Stars: Philip Lopate, James Sanders, Martin Scorsese
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Louise Harrison ...
Herself
Harold Harrison ...
Himself
Harry Harrison ...
Himself
Peter Harrison ...
Himself
...
Herself (wife)
...
Himself (son)
...
Himself
...
Herself
Pete Best ...
Himself (archive footage)
Cynthia Lennon ...
Herself (archive footage) (as Cynthia Powell)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

George Harrison first became known to the world as "The Quiet Beatle" of the Fab Four, but there was far more to his life than simply being a part of The Beatles. This film explores the life and career of this seminal musician, philanthropist, film producer and amateur race car driver who grew to make his own mark on the world. Through his music, archival footage and the memories of friends and family, Harrison's deep spirituality and humanity are explored in his singular life as he took on artistic challenges and important causes as only he could. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 October 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

George Harrison  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

| (archive footage)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Martin Scorsese met George Harrison first when Scorsese, Jack Nicholson and Robbie Robertson knocked on Harrison's door in a frantic moment during the filming of "The Last Waltz (1978)" in the late '70s, and then again in the early '90s. See more »

Connections

Features Blow-Up (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Savoy Truffle
Written by George Harrison
Performed by The Beatles
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"What Is Life?"
5 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On the Beatles albums most of the songs were written by Lennon/Mccartney (and other covers of RnR and R&B standards) but there was usually one that was penned by a fella named Harrison. That one track was always stackable next to the others and was not just a throwaway or token inclusion. The song was just as cool and rocked along with the others, and if one listened closely it did have an ethereal and otherworldly feel to it that was not only from the heart but linked to the soul with a mystical presence not found in the other three minute teenybopper soaps.

That was George Harrison. Even before, even he, knew that there was more to it than all that. "it's just things", he would say, "it really doesn't matter". While the juggernaut of John and Paul was prolifically pounding out a stream of wonderful, timeless little ditties of poetry with a back-beat, George was gently pushed to the peripheral and as it turned out, that is where his clever cultivations occurred. The results were not as numerous but just as substantial as his mates.

This is his essence of the spiritual seeking and the oneness of all that was his belief and it proved to be rather reflective in retrospect of the sum of the parts as to what the Beatles without the fab four could never have been. It's like Paul says in the film..."a square with four corners, remove one and it is gone".

So the documentary lays bare that in this corner we have George, and it (He) is clearly exposed as the most self-conscious, introspective of the group and shows the band to be simply...John the Mind...Paul the Heart...George the Soul...and Ringo wrapped it together on the skins.

The film is not all encompassing, what could ever be?. The film is not completely entertaining, no one life ever is. The film is a long exposure of a moving snapshot. A look in on the life and times of a man, a dreamer, an artist, and a sensitive soul that tried to figure it all out by being..."IN the material word...but not OF the material world".

The movie is a stark and welcome compendium of a compilation of images, thoughts, and feelings about an interesting fella that is still "lighting up the room".


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Eric Clapton's arrogance shines through. richglogan
I just don't get it.... beatleterp
'He lit the room.' Evertts3
Yoko Ono? lirico2spinto
The Beatles Movie boogadaboogadaboogada
Christian Bale as Harrison shakermaker88-2

Contribute to This Page