The animated illustration of a 14-year-old's interview with John Lennon in 1969.

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In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. Using the original interview as the soundtrack, this narrative tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multi-pronged animation. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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hypnotic slice of history
2 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

In 1969, 14-year-old Jerry Levitan sneaks into John Lemmon's hotel room in Toronto and records a chat with the legend. Then around 37 years later, director Josh Raskin edits it down to 5 minutes and adds animation. The animation is pen drawn lines which has a Terry Gilliam style from Monty Python days. The animation actually fits very well with the material and the time of the recording. The audio is a little rough and I almost want captions to clarify Lennon's words. It's very hypnotic which fits the language being used. It's a 5 minute short that feels like a slice of history. It's also nominated for animated short Oscar.


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