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Isn't It a Pity,
This review is from: George Harrison: Living in the Material World [DVD] (DVD)Despite all of the rave reviews I came away with mixed feelings about this film and I can't help but think that in some ways it is bit of a missed opportunity. As a portrait of the man it is great but it included relatively little of Harrison's music (or discussion of the music) made between 1974 and the end of his life, bar a few Traveling Wilburys tracks, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Marwa Blues. What, I hear you say? ....not even a song from Cloud Nine. What does this say about the Harrison estate or Scorsese's view of his latter day music, I wonder? I found these omissions very strange, especially given the lengthy running time. No Crackerbox Palace, Your Love is Forever, When We Was Fab, This is Love, Got My Mind Set on You, Any Road, Pisces Fish. Surely the story is not complete without at least some of that music? It is good but....
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2011 14:23:29 BDT
Ildar Bagautdinov says:
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2011 16:23:28 BDT
Your comment says nothing about the review you are commenting on, nor why you are commenting. Had you left an intelligent comment it would at least have given some understanding of your opinion, as it is you have said nothing, if you can't offer a coherent critique why bother?
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2011 19:38:37 BDT
C. Wheeldon says:
Thank you, Monk. I would agree. Harrison was first and foremost a musician so why not focus more on his post-Beatles output. I just don't understand it. I can understand people saying that they enjoyed the documentary or that it was insightful but who can deny that in neglecting much of his post-1974 musical output a big piece of the jigsaw is missing?
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2011 23:17:26 BDT
Yes Christian. I actually was fairly let down after watching. I think your review expresses that disappointment far better than I managed, which is why I left the message for Ildar Bagautdinov?, not quite sure if that's an anagram?
Anyway, thank you very much for your straight forward no nonsense review.
Posted on 14 Nov 2011 20:03:10 GMT
Having now watched it on BBC2, I can only agree with your original review. I don't think the film really did justice to George's music. It almost implied what a lot of people (who aren't necessarily fans) might think, that after the Beatles, George had a huge hit with All Things Must Pass and My Sweet Lord, did the Bangla Desh concert, rescued Life of Brian and then did nothing until the Traveling Wilburys. Odd songs were heard or mentioned but he released 10 albums throughout the rest of his career that were not touched on. There were also significant film clips put in without any reference to what they related to or what period it was made (like the Dark Horse tour clips - great to see). I don't think there was anything wrong with what was included but I don't think it was very balanced. The editing seemed a bit haphazard and the music clips being played sometimes seemed a bit out of context to what was being discussed at the time. Maybe more time should have been given to life after the Beatles instead of trying to cram it all into the second part, especially as the Beatles part will be familiar to most people.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2011 20:19:53 GMT
C. Wheeldon says:
Hi Antoine. I can only agree - you absolutely hit the nail on the head there.
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