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George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul McCartney ... Himself
John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
Ringo Starr ... Himself
Louise Harrison Louise Harrison ... Herself
Harold Harrison Harold Harrison ... Himself
Harry Harrison Harry Harrison ... Himself
Peter Harrison Peter Harrison ... Himself
Olivia Harrison ... Herself (wife)
Dhani Harrison ... Himself (son)
Eric Clapton ... Himself
Pattie Boyd ... Herself
Pete Best Pete Best ... Himself (archive footage)
Cynthia Lennon Cynthia Lennon ... Herself (archive footage) (as Cynthia Powell)
Julian Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
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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)

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

George Harrison See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Olivia Harrison chose Martin Scorsese to direct this documentary about George after she had seen his 2005 Bob Dylan documentary, American Masters: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005). See more »

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.12 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Dirty World
Published by Special Rider Music
Composed by Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, & Tom Petty
Licensed by T. Wilbury Ltd
Performed by The Traveling Wilburys (uncredited)
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A passionate and clear documentary
20 October 2011 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

Martin Scorsese has throughout his career, made several labor of love documentaries mainly on the subject of another of his passions, music. In this one his focus is on "the quiet" Beatle. Harrison was always seen as completely secondary to Lennon and McCartney. However, in this film , Scorsese shows the complexity of his character. We see his very important contribution to The Beatles, not only through his own song writing, but also the elements that essentially made many of the Lennon/McCartney compositions.

We follow him through his exploration of, particularly, Indian mysticism and philosophy, and how he integrated this into his everyday life. His contribution to the film industry is summarily gone over, from his involvement with Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1974), through to the creation of the production company, Handmade Films, that became involved in some of the great British films of the 1980's.

What is apparent throughout the film is Scorsese's clear love of the music. Using still photographs, there are many sections that fill the three and a half hours with Harrison's songs. Scorsese uses these throughout, and presents them chronologically, so that we are able to witness the evolution of Harrison's song writing.

A clear documentary made by someone passionate about the subject, the film paints a picture of a very interesting man, who lived through much change around and within himself. This is a very well researched, well constructed story, and whilst long, does not seem that way whilst viewing.

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