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John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky (2018)

Film telling the untold story of John Lennon's 1971 album Imagine, exploring the creative collaboration between Lennon and Yoko Ono and featuring interviews and never-seen-before footage.

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Michael Epstein

Writer:

Joss Crowley (story editor)
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
Yoko Ono ... Artist / Herself
Julian Lennon ... Artist / Himself
Elliot Mintz ... Radio dj / Himself
David Bailey ... Photographer / Himself
Klaus Voormann ... Artist / Himself
Jim Keltner ... Artist / Himself
Mal Evans ... Himself (archive footage)
May Pang May Pang ... Herself (archive footage)
John Dunbar ... Art collector / Himself
Alan White ... Artist / Himself
Tariq Ali ... Activist / Himself
Ray Connolly ... Author / Himself
Douglas Ibold Douglas Ibold ... Assistant director / Himself
Kieron Murphy ... Photographer / Himself
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The documentary tells the untold story of John Lennon's iconic Imagine album. It's also a story about Yoko meeting John and East meeting West. Two artistic minds connecting and inspiring each other both personally and professionally, ultimately co-authoring a radical worldview. Director Michael Epstein gained access to the extensive Lennon video, audio and photo archive, including much previously unseen material, and the film features never before seen or heard footage such as the first demo of Imagine (discovered by their audio archivist in an unmarked eight-track box) as well as unheard audio interviews with John and film footage of the couple working together in the studio. The film also features new interviews with those closest to the couple during the period of creating the Imagine album.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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Good start, then goes right off a cliff.
10 May 2019 | by deanbean317See all my reviews

When this movie dealt with what John Lennon was, a musical genius, it was awesome! Watching the songs we all know and love starting out as nebulous demos, being crafted into finished gems was fascinating. But then the whole enterprise took an extreme left turn and became a geopolitical rant about America's involvement in every military skirmish from WWII to Vietnam. I realize that the happenings in the world had a great influence on John's music, but when they started rebuking the United States over the bombing of Japan in WWII, I had seen enough. I'll just rewatch Beatles Anthology, which was indeed, all about the music


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