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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 (archive footage)
Harry Harrison Harry Harrison ... Himself
Peter Harrison Peter Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)
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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English

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4 October 2011 (UK) See more »

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$156,113
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.78 : 1
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Released in 2011, "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" includes an interview with music producer Phil Spector, who in 2009 was sentenced to 19 years to life for the murder of the actress Lana Clarkson. Asked how the meeting with Mr. Spector was arranged, producer Nigel Sinclair said, "We were able to capture that interview before he was no longer available to us, which is a very euphemistic way of saying it, isn't it?" See more »

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Edited from The Beatles Anthology (1995) See more »

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Wildcat
Written by Aaron Schröder (as Aaron Schroeder) and Wally Gold
Performed by The Beatles
Published by Rachel's Own Music LLC and Magilla Music
Administered by A. Schroeder International LLC
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Almost excessively long, but worth a watch
24 September 2017 | by Jeremy_UrquhartSee all my reviews

So yeah, this thing's really, really long. Definitely longer than it needs to be, but at the same time, it makes the film stand out, at least. Differentiates itself from the pack for me, I guess, given I've never personally watched a music documentary this long.

George Harrison was always the most mysterious, spiritual of all The Beatles, so if a nearly 3 and a half hour documentary had to be made about one of them, that's a fairly good reason to, I suppose. About half of the film here will be very familiar to most Beatles fans, as the first half largely focuses on one of the biggest music phenomenons of all time. Thankfully, the extra focus on George Harrison during the film's first half means this familiar story does not feel entirely stale or redundant.

The second half is less straight forward and more interesting too, I think, focusing on George Harrison's solo career and post-Beatles endeavors. However, it's also somewhat inconsistent. I found certain sections moving and engrossing, whilst feeling that some other sections dragged on longer than needed.

One final minor complaint would be what I thought was some dodgy editing in parts. Often when they played a Beatles or George Harrison song, the music would cut off abruptly when it transitioned to an interview or someone talking about said song. I found it jarring every time this happened, and kept wondering whether it was some strange stylistic choice that I just wasn't getting.

Anyway, if I'm sounding overly negative, I'm sorry. I shouldn't be, because this was still pretty good, and I've certainly experienced many other movies of a similar length that did feel longer than this. I guess it might be a little disappointing, considering this is one of the best directors of all time (Scorsese) making a documentary on a member of one of the greatest bands of all time. Still, it's good, all things considered. Certainly recommended, just maybe lower your expectations a tad, and definitely don't feel like you have to watch the whole thing in one go either.


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