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Get Back Documentary (includes spoilers)

johnnyjj

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My immediate takeaway is that it's amazing they permitted the lengthy footage of Lennon obviously smacked out and gazing glassy-eyed at the others. The sequence where George leaps up to stop John from dropping the Casino (?) from above his head is just bizarre.

The waxy restoration image is too much for me (grain is OK, you know?), but it's quite eye-opening thus far.
 

rubbersoul

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I'm about 40 minutes in...loving it so far. Loved hearing John misread "wind" for "mind" in All Things Must Pass and suggest that the line should be "my mind can blow those clouds away..." Very cool.

Enjoyed watching George, Paul and Ringo work for a bit on Ringo's song "Carolina".

I also like seeing that John spent a lot of time on his neck pickup on his Casino...not an important factoid, but one that interests me as a guitar player.
 

John Quinn

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My take away - I am a big Beatles fan - but a lot of the dialog and the video didn't match - and they had a bunch of random shots -
Mcartney was his usual self - Harrison looked like he wanted to be elsewhere - Lennon looked like he wasn't aware of where he was -
and Ringo looked like he was along for the ride.
 

Twisted_Kites

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My take away - I am a big Beatles fan - but a lot of the dialog and the video didn't match - and they had a bunch of random shots -
Mcartney was his usual self - Harrison looked like he wanted to be elsewhere - Lennon looked like he wasn't aware of where he was -
and Ringo looked like he was along for the ride.
Peter Jackson: Well, the first thing to say, which people aren’t really aware of, is that they filmed it on 16mm film with two cameras, and the sound in those days wasn’t recorded on the camera like it is with a video camera these days. As the camera shot that 16mm neg, the sound was recorded separately on a machine called a Nagra, which was like a quarter-inch tape that was 16 minutes long. So the film was on 15-minute rolls, and the sound tapes were 16 minutes long.


They had two Nagra machines and two cameras, A, B. The Nagra tape, for the quarter-inch tape, it was a lot cheaper than the film stuff. It was just far cheaper, so the Nagra tape machines kept rolling virtually all day long. They had to change their rolls of tape every 16 minutes, but because they were two recorders, one could stop and change while the other one was going.


 

SideBMusic

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This is what I noticed:

Great to peek into their creative process.

George is frustrated as his songwriting is starting to shift into the next gear with limited room to grow.

Paul feels compelled to direct/manage, trying to fill the void Brian left for the boys, giving structure, as Paul says. This, and his own creative surge and abilities become an obstacle for the band sometimes, especially for George.

More friction is created by the crew pressing them about live performance than is generated by The Beatles themselves. Attempting to create, make a documentary, and plan for a concert all at the same time is a poor combination. They would have been better off focusing on the songwriting first, with cameras rolling. One guy even tries to co-write with Paul in front of the other band members.

Yet, this band is so good they still make great music.
 

GenoVox

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One spot where i could really appreciate George’s frustration was when Lennon half-jokingly dismisses his brand new song (I Me Mine) immediately out-of-hand… and then further mocks it by waltzing with Yoko rather than participate in working on it.
 

ddeand

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Aside from a number of the posters here trying to make this a thread about smoking habits in the wayback, I pretty much agree with most of the responses, so far. My wife, one of my sons, and I watched it and were pretty much blown away by the quality of the presentation, but even more by the dynamics of the group. We all disagreed with who came off as the "villain" in this segment - my wife thought George was the petulant crybaby and Paul was the moderate one, my son thought George and Paul were the main conflicts, and I thought George was the slighted one (through all the years of having his song-writing skills belittled). Some of my favorite scenes were when Paul and John were standing face-to-face and creating music - that really seemed to capture the magic that was at the heart of their creativity through the years. Looking forward to the next couple parts!
 

jjaaam

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So I’m hoping that parts 2 and 3 get a little more exciting. Yeah, I’m a long time Beatles fan for certain, but there were spots where it dragged a bit.

I can easily see where the whole thing may have been better as a single 2-3 hour movie, with the rooftop concert as the ending. I believe that was the original intention when it was planned for a theatrical release.

Point is, for a Beatles fan to say it started to drag, then…well…yeah.
 

hippieboy

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Excellent episode 1.

I have even more admiration for Paul now, George was in a rough spot but he was never the happiest guy to be around, very dry as usual and he had fun until he didn't, Lennon was having fun all the time lol.

Overall they look like they are having a good time though, so far it definitely changes the narrative of the Let It Be movie to me.

My favorite moment: Watching Paul create Get Back from thin air. Amazing.
 

Wolfgangsta

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That was awesome! To me, it got a little tedious early on. But when the songs really started taking shape, it was so much fun to watch. I got into it enough that I really started thinking that I'm actually watching the birth of a few of the greatest rock n roll songs ever. Even though I knew George quit during this time, when he got up and said he was leaving, then said 'See you 'round the clubs', I was taken aback. I was home alone watching it, and said out loud to myself, "Woah, I just watched George quit The Beatles.".
 




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