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George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 4 October 2011 (UK)
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 ... 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

The man in the audience at the David Frost show who argues with George about meditation is lawyer/author John Mortimer, creator of "Rumpole of the Bailey." See more »

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Edited from The Beatles Anthology (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Wah Wah
Composed by George Harrison
Published by Harrisongs Limited
Licensed courtesy of Apple Records Inc. and G.H. Estate Limited
Performed by George Harrison (uncredited)
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Hagiographic, but interesting because of its subject
22 March 2012 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

George Harrison was a creative force in the Beatles; not as much a creative force as Lennon and McCartney, but still someone who contributed to their amazing, transformative body of music in a significant way. He was also unusually interested (for a westerner) in eastern mysticism; but was not without his attachments to aspects of the material world. The man's life is told, through old and new interviews with himself and his friends, and archive footage (of which there is plenty), in Martin Scorcese's film. It's fair to say the film is somewhat hagiographic, telling an overwhelming sympathetic story: a reference to a period of heavy drug abuse is made, but not directly commented upon, and no reference is made to the Natural Law Party (whose bizarre platform in the 1992 British general election was actively supported by Harrison). And one might question how much of the story of his later life is really that interesting, or whether his apparent contradictions were the simple consequence of having too much money and time. But one thing does come over: for all his failings, he seems to have been a genuinely loved human being, in a decidedly unusual way; to combine that with the musical legacy of the Beatles is not such a bad epitaph for a life.


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