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So full of gaps! Is this really Scorsese?,
This review is from: George Harrison: Living in the Material World [DVD] (DVD)The documentary has so many gaps, I wouldn't know which I should start with. The most blatant are George's music and some people in his life.
Re the missing music: there is nothing that George recorded between Dark Horse and The Traveling Wilburys. No 33 & 1/3, no All Those Years Ago, not even Cloud Nine (including the great videos of these records). Also: nothing from the pro-shot 1991 Japanese tour with Eric, from the Prince's Trust Concert, and neither from the Carl Perkins TV special.
It's true the documentary is 3 and a half hours long, but had it to be a one-piece film? George wanted an Anthology, like the Beatles' one, so why didn't they make a series of 7 or 8 episodes? They had plenty of material!
The other big absence is Patty's. In this respect, Olivia did quite a nasty job. Patty, the woman who shared the most significant part of George's life, the one who introduced him to the Indian spirituality, is reduced to some discussions about her infidelity. As for her presence in the film, there is a fragment of an old footage (quite insignificant) where she was a bit angry with the other three Beatles, and a paragraph from her (audio)book. Isn't that a shame!
How ironic this must be for Patty: after being forced to deal with the fans' nastiness in the 60's (and she was constantly physically and verbally abused), with all the humiliations coming from George (mainly his many infidelities inclusively with Ringo's first wife), as well as with George's public statement that Something was not about her (he could be such a gentleman sometimes, George), now she is refused her own past and history. By Olivia.
But how could the great Scorsese have no say in this matter and accept this flagrant gap? Go figure.
The movie has some highlights, hence the three stars: Ringo, Astrid, Klaus and (even) Paul give some emotional insights full of sincerity.
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Initial post: 16 Nov 2011 21:10:15 GMT
Mister Kite says:
I agree with you about the many gaps. It is quite inept really, in comparison to the cohesive narrative sweep of Scorcese's Dylan biopic. Yes, a complete lack of solo music post Material World, bar the Wilburys, and no mention of those significant other musical events. I wonder whether Scorcese was ignorant of their existence - he seems so blinded by All Things Must Pass, that I think his George solo collection begun and ended there! At least Pattie does make several appearances in the dvd - she is barely present at all in the accompanying book. Although this dvd is welcome, I agree many of us are still left feeling that what George really deserves is a longer Anthology. Particularly a musical out-take anthology - look at all the unreleased wonders that are turning up on youtube now.
Posted on 22 Nov 2011 18:54:39 GMT
P. J. Ashwell says:
I agree it would have been nice to have heard more of George's music post LITMW (and to be fair we do see some footage from the 1974 Dark Hoarse tour). Also George's decision to quit making albums after 1982 ("Gone Troppo") and then the Carl Perkins Special (1985? with Eric and Ringo, etc). Also the Concert from around the same time (in Birmingham) where he met Jeff Lynne and of course George's spectacular return to music in 1987 with the "Cloud Nine" album and "Got my mind set on you" single (Number 1 in USA and Number 2 in UK) plus his (and Ringo's) appearance at the Princes Trust Concert the same year. There was far more to George Harrison than what we thought we knew.....Overall a fab documentary!
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 18:50:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2011 20:37:18 GMT
Anybody who has seen Scorcese's Dylan biopic should really know that he doesn't really do strict timelines. He likes to bounce backwards and forwards and create a vision of historical context and, hopefully, a greater knowledge of the subject. Nor does he do the whole 'show you an album cover and then talk about it' approach. In the Dylan biopic, virtually none of his album titles are spoken about, surprisingly even Blonde on Blonde. But where that film succeeded was having Bob himself interviewed, as cryptic as he was. The only way this film fails is not having that luxury with George, and paradoxically it would probably never have been made had he still been alive.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2011 01:08:52 GMT
Nowhere Man says:
Should George be still alive -- what a fantastic thought! -- we wouldn't need or miss this kind of documentary. George's presence among us would be more than enough.
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