McCartney on Disney +: 5 must-see Beatles documentaries
On the occasion of the broadcast of the documentary series “McCartney 3,2,1” on Disney Plus, here is a list of five films dedicated to the Beatles to see absolutely!
The Disney + platform unveils this Wednesday, August 25 the documentary series McCartney 3,2,1; entirely devoted to the career of Paul McCartney, the six episodes of the program retrace his memories of the time of the Beatles but also of his other group Wings, as well as fascinating anecdotes on his relationship to music and his numerous political engagements.
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Let it be
Broadcast in 1970, the documentary Let it be by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg takes us behind the scenes of the recording of the eponymous Beatles album, the last record produced by the British group before the final separation of its four members.
Let it implicitly addresses the tensions that opposed the two leaders of the group John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A real nugget for fans of the group, the documentary ends with the broadcast of extracts from the very last Beatles concert on the roof of the building of their company Apple Corp on January 30, 1969.
Imagine: John Lennon
Released in 1988, eight years after his tragic assassination in New York on December 8, 1980, Imagine: John Lennon is a sort of posthumous autobiographical documentary. If he obviously did not participate in the production of the film, the former Beatles is nevertheless the narrator through sound archives during which the native of Liverpool evokes his personal life and his musical journey.
This documentary thus offers the most faithful and the most complete summary of the life of John Lennon; his greatest successes are thus evoked there, but also his shadows, his flaws, the singer repeatedly expressing regrets about the turn taken by his personal life at various times of his existence.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Director of timeless masterpieces (The Wolf of Wall Street, Goodfellas …), Martin Scorsese also leads a career as a musical documentary maker, with films notably devoted to the Rolling Stones (Shine a Light) and Bob Dylan (Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story).
Released in 2011, the documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World paints a fascinating portrait of the youngest Beatles. Although the title of the film pays homage to his second solo album, it is indeed his entire career that is this three-hour feature film.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are notably among the speakers brought together by Martin Scorsese, the occasion of tearful tributes to their former friend who died in 2001 from cancer.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week
Classic documentary in form, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week traces the musical journey of the English group, from its formation and its first concerts in Liverpool until its separation in 1970. Directed by Ron Howard – true aficionados of the group – the film traces some of their most famous concerts around the world, testimonies and archival documents in support.
True love letter to Beatlemania and the sixties, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week takes the form of a classic documentary, but also of a more autobiographical story through the intervention of many personalities (Sigourney Weaver, Whoopi Goldberg …) who grew up with the songs of the Beatles.
USA vs. John Lennon
After the Beatles split, John Lennon moved to New York with his second wife, Yoko Ono. But the singer’s political commitments, and his criminal record, quickly made him undesirable in the eyes of J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI, and then US President Richard Nixon.
The story of a long-term legal battle, The USA against John Lennon also paints a fascinating portrait of the ex-Beatles who will never – despite the risks of American territory explode – set aside his political opinions. His thoughts as a free man and artist have also enabled him to sign some of his most beautiful songs, then to find a form of appeasement after years of wandering.