American Masters: Season 24, Episode 7

LennoNYC (22 Nov. 2010)

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A look at the period of time musician John Lennon and his family spent living in New York City during the 1970s.



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Episode credited cast:
Himself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Cicala ...
Himself - Recording Engineer
Rennie Davis ...
Himself - Activist (archive footage)
Jack Douglas ...
Himself - Record Producer
Dennis Elsas ...
Himself - Radio Host
Bob Gruen ...
Himself - Photographer
Tom Hayden ...
Himself - Activist
Abbie Hoffman ...
Himself (archive footage)
Adam Ippolito ...
Himself - Keyboards
Jonas Mekas ...
Himself - Filmmaker
Andy Newmark ...
Himself - Drums
Jerry Rubin ...
Himself (archive footage)
Earl Slick ...
Himself - Lead Guitar


A look at the period of time musician John Lennon and his family spent living in New York City during the 1970s.

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The title is right:the period goes from 1971 to 1980;some will argue that the artist's best albums ("imagine" and the outstanding "plastic Ono band" )were behind him,but it does not matter ,for it is an excellent biography ,which dwarfs "imagine :the movie" and allows us to watch previously unseen sequences ;every Beatles fan should see it and it's amazing there are only two comments to date .

There are roughly three parts :

The activist,with a FBI file,with absorbing interviews with members of Elephant's Memory;

Then the lost week-end -the role of Harry Nillsson and the "pussy cats "album are almost passed over in silence ;besides they do not tell us why Lennon had to record "rock and roll";ditto for the stint with Bowie.That said ,Lennon's confusion is perfectly depicted and Yoko is frank.

And finally the househusband years ,which shows Lennon had found peace of mind and happiness ,after eventful years;the death of the working class hero is treated with a great sense of decency ,letting us feel what we lost and what they (Sean and Yoko) lost:with hindsight,it is a blessing Lennon retired for five years because his son has memories of his father who shared his life and took care of him for those precious times.(which made the song "beautiful boy" so endearing and so overwhelming :"the monster's gone (!) and your daddy's here") lots of people are featured:Jack Douglas,Elton John,photographer Bob Gruen,May Pang,and many more ;the Beatles appear in short flashbacks but the dream is over and we just have to carry on.

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