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Happy Birthday to John (1997)

On October 9th, 1972 an exhibition of John Lennon/Yoko Ono's art, designed by the Master of the Fluxus movement, George Maciunas, opened at the Syracuse Museum of Art, curated by David Ross... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Krassner Paul Krassner ... Himself (archive footage)
John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
George Maciunas George Maciunas ... Himself (archive footage)
Yoko Ono ... Herself (archive footage)
Ringo Starr ... Himself (archive footage)
Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)
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On October 9th, 1972 an exhibition of John Lennon/Yoko Ono's art, designed by the Master of the Fluxus movement, George Maciunas, opened at the Syracuse Museum of Art, curated by David Ross, presently Director of Whitney Museum, in New York. On the same day an unusual group of John's and Yoko's friends, including Ringo, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Krasner, and many others, gathered to celebrate John's birthday. This film is an visual and audio record of that event. Written by Kurzfilmtage - international short film festival Oberhausen

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27 April 1997 (Germany) See more »

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Happy Birthday John Lennon See more »

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Happy Birthday to John was a quite entertaining documentary with multi-cut footage
25 August 2009 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this short documentary of various points in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's life on UbuWeb. The first part takes place in an art gallery where the couple are celebrating the Master of the Fluxus movement designed by George Maciunas. Then it's off to Lennon's birthday celebration where fellow former Beatle Ringo Starr and photographer/artist Andy Warhol are in attendance. Then we're at Madison Square Garden where John and Yoko as well as Stevie Wonder are giving a concert. All that I just mentioned took place around 1972. Finally, we're at Central Park on December 8, 1980-the day Lennon was shot. People are gathering in crowds to celebrate the late Fab Four member who left us "Come Together" and "Imagine". The first two segments were scored with some bootleg recordings of John and Yoko with sometimes Ringo performing "He's Got the Whole World in His Hand" and something else I didn't recognize. The MSG footage just had someone playing drums heavily on the soundtrack while the final Central Park segment was just silent. One more thing, the whole thing had multi-cuts that kept things moving along. For the most part, I was pretty entertained though part of me wanted to hear some of the songs performed at the Garden. (even Yoko's!) On that note, I highly recommend Happy Birthday to John.


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