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keberoxu 21 Feb 24 - 04:38 PM
GUEST,Grishka 21 Feb 24 - 05:43 PM
GUEST 22 Feb 24 - 07:03 AM
Dave the Gnome 22 Feb 24 - 11:22 AM
gillymor 22 Feb 24 - 11:40 AM
Thompson 22 Feb 24 - 01:32 PM
GUEST,SteveShaw 22 Feb 24 - 06:14 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 24 Feb 24 - 04:48 PM
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Subject: proposed movies about the Beatles
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 Feb 24 - 04:38 PM

Someone else can link to the story, it's out there on the internet.
Director Sam Mendes has gotten permission from
the surviving Beatles, and the families of the two departed Beatles,
to make four life-story films,
one for each of the four Beatles.

I have mixed feelings about this one.
A mini-series is one thing, but four feature-length films?

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Subject: RE: proposed movies about the Beatles
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 21 Feb 24 - 05:43 PM

So-called "fans" will buy anything that has the above blessing. The rest of us are free to watch something else, and to listen to our own choice of Beatles music.

If however I were forced at gunpoint to watch either this series or "The Crown", I know what I'd choose.

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Subject: RE: proposed movies about the Beatles
Date: 22 Feb 24 - 07:03 AM

No doubt they will be crap. Sorry, biopics always are!   Fine it you don't know their stories inside and out, but almost every detail of the four main Beatles' lives has been picked over to the bone marrow. The contradiction of Lennon and Harrison's personalities, drugs alcohol and flings, are difficult to reflect, (the domestic bliss myth of Lennon's 70's years etc). At least three Beatles have some unsavoury aspects in periods of their lives, that are often glossed over. What is truth, and whose truth? Some films capture atmosphere, but not truth, as they usually get some of the casting wrong, the music wrong, and the historical facts wrong, (always 'dramatic license'). Also, often the 'truth' is doctored in biopics to get a lower age rating audience certification. This is just yet more merchandising and promotion of the Beatles to flog the horse in as many commercial ways as they can while copyright exists on their recordings.

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Subject: RE: proposed movies about the Beatles
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Feb 24 - 11:22 AM

I'd take a look. Being of a certain age it will be good to look back at my youth and see if my memories and perceptions alter!

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Subject: RE: proposed movies about the Beatles
From: gillymor
Date: 22 Feb 24 - 11:40 AM

There was a movie set in their early years together called Back Beat that was not too bad. It was mostly set in Hamburg and involved their relationship with Stu Sutcliffe.

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Subject: RE: proposed movies about the Beatles
From: Thompson
Date: 22 Feb 24 - 01:32 PM

Apparently Barry Keoghan has been tapped for John Lennon.

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Subject: RE: proposed movies about the Beatles
From: GUEST,SteveShaw
Date: 22 Feb 24 - 06:14 PM

I'm puzzled by some of the negativity expressed in this thread about something that hasn't even been made yet! Watch it and love it. Or watch it and hate it, then turn it off!

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Subject: RE: proposed movies about the Beatles
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 04:48 PM

A great book that covers the subjects is a first person narrative:

Here, There, and Everywhere - My Life Recording the Music of THE BEATLES

By: Geoff Riddick and Howard Massey
Forward by: Elvis Costello
Publisher: Gotham Books - March 2006

At age 15 Geoff lands a dream job at EMI - Abbey Road Studios.


The innovation in the early years, i.e. suspending a speaker and spinning it during recording. Unlike so many Beatles books ... this is not "a snow job.'

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