The Beatles Get Back follows Mirabelle, “a girl without any obvious gift“, who tries her best to fit into a family that is so extraordinary that her decision to make Abuela Alma (Maria Cecilia Botero) only expresses her frustration at The exchange took place in January, 1969, on the 15th day of the 22-day marathon rehearsal process for a television special / album / concert / documentary (the nature of the project varies by day, sometimes by hour). . During those weeks they would lose George Harrison for a few days, and regain keyboardist Billy Preston. Sometimes John was not a total show. One day only Ringo showed up. McCartney mutters ominously at one point, “And then there were two.” “And then there was one.” And then there was no one.
“Let It Be“, a film patched together by director Michael Lindsay Hogg from a mound of footage, was released in 1970, shortly after The beatles get back Get Back broke up. Because of that unfortunate time, the film was not seen as a glamorous glimpse of the four superstars in the process of working, but almost entirely as a foreshadowing, a retrospective picture of the break-up as well as the “why”. Seen as a comment on. Their different ways. Yoko Ono, who was present on every scene from Lenin’s side, was condemned, and there are still people who think that is why The beatles get back broke up. The overall outcome of the film is quite serious, especially for Beatles fans. They all look so sad and serious, they have no sense of fickleness or shared creativity. They hide in different corners, collide with each other, and things seem to be falling apart, and none of them care to stop the disintegration. It all culminates in the famous Rooftop Concert, in which John, Paul, George and Ringo perform in the open air, like gargoyles flying in the air on the streets of London. The album of the same name – The Beatles Get Back’ twelfth and final studio album – was released around the same time, and that too, a different throw-together quality (but still! It’s The Beatles Get Back! They always leave something behind !) The footage of the “Let It Be” seasons (which we’ve seen, at least, so far) stands as the final word for fifty years, proof that the world-changing band with a bang Came out, not with a bang.
Of course, life is complicated, and it cannot be summed up in 80 pieces. Peter Jackson’s dream was to get his hands on all 60 hours of original footage, as well as 150 hours of audio, to see what else could happen, didn’t he make it into a disappointing final cut. Jackson is not alone. Beatles fans have been waiting for this moment for decades. “Get Back”, released in three parts, lasting about seven hours, gives an extraordinarily intimate and intricate picture of the month when The Beatles Get Back first gathered at Twickenham Studios (it was while they were still Thought they would be doing a television special). , And then on the recently built Apple Studio (and its famous rooftop). Seeing all this footage is a revelation, not only because it provides a necessary counter to the prevailing narrative, but also because the scenes look like total dreams, ancient, sharp and clear, without any fuss or distortion. .
The first episode begins with The Beatles Get Back‘ history from 1956 to 1969, presented at the speed of light. Jackson doesn’t stick to the preamble. This is a bulleted list – from Hamburg to Liverpool Ed Sullivan show to India and beyond! -A tornado, but necessary backstory. After deciding to close the live show in 1966, Fab Four stepped back from the studio. Their experiments in over-dubbing and multitrack recording resulted in some of the most famous and influential albums ever, but almost meant that they did not need to be in the same room at the same time. This new project, however, was about to separate: for two weeks, they would “come together” and write a batch of new songs, which they would perform live for the audience. The whole process, from start to finish, will be filmed for a theatrical or television release. Director Lindsay-Hogg performed on the popular English television show “Ready, Steady, Go!” Directed episodes of K, as well as the concert film “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus” – starring John Lennon.
At first glance, things don’t go well. There’s a lot of glitches, a lot of music playing that got them into the 50s – Eddie Kochran, Chuck Berry, etc. There is no sense of urgency. In two weeks, they still don’t know what they’re trying to make. An album? A live television special? In two weeks? With what material? They keep coming back to the question of the live show and where it should be. McCartney thinks it would be great to do it in the House of Commons and be dragged by the police. Lindsay-Hogg repeatedly mentions an amphitheater in Libya. Serious discussions have been going on for several days about ending the boat rental to bring visitors to Libya with them. This is madness. Meanwhile, the real question, however, is whether they are writing music to perform in this fictional live show. But … no writing is going on.
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“Get Back” provides invaluable footage of famous songs from beginning to end, transforming into an idea, a hook, a raga-finished product. Paul makes “go back” out of thin air, and “out of thin air” is the artistic process: first nothing, and then something. It’s a mystery how it happens (even to the cast) and it’s a gift that shapes a song through trial and error, and to the origin of the song it wants to be. Repeats attempts to reach. There’s a period of just two weeks, from Paul trying out those opening cords in Twickenham to the four gargoyles roaring in the open air on the roof of Apple Studios. For example, more songs came out of those sessions – “Let It Be”, and we get to see their compositions. Ringo comes up with the “Octopus Garden” and shows it to George, who helps him bring the idea to reality.
More than a revelation, however, is the overall vibe. Looking at the original 1970s film, you can’t believe that those sad people didn’t break up quickly. Here, however, it is not so clear. There are so many moments of laughter, John and Paul are laughing while scolding each other. (There is a beautiful moment when they start to panic together.) Yes, there are moments of tension and disagreement, but this is a normal part of any artistic process. When George resigns, there is a private discussion between John and Paul, unaware of a microphone in the flower pot. The conversation is a breath of fresh air. They decide to go and ask George to come back to the band. George returns, and Billy Preston arrives at about the same time. Preston, a wonderful pianist with whom he befriended in Hamburg, joins the session, injecting a sense of purpose and focusing on what was aimless.
Yoko is present all the time, but Linda Eastman (later Linda McCartney), and Linda’s youngest daughter Heather (who is a much more disruptive presence than Yoko Ono!) Appear as Ringo’s wife for a few seasons. George Harrison brings a pair of Hare Krishna friends, who sit in the corner and pray. There was more going on in those rooms than just tapping Yoko and his legs sitting next to John. “Go Back” leaves a lot of room for a different rhythm of each day: sometimes things click, sometimes they don’t. John always arrives late. Paul gets irritated. Ringo is cool and everyone loves it. George is being treated like a mercenary.
It’s easy to forget how small they all were at the time. Not one of them was thirty years old. John and Ringo were 29, Paul was 27, and George Harrison was just 25. No wonder George got angry after being the boss around. He was 25 years old!
While there is much to discuss and debate and digest, what Peter Jackson has done is not so much “correct” as providing a broader perspective, allowing those four weeks in January 1969 to breathe. , And gives those men – the two of them who can no longer speak for themselves – a place to show us themselves with all its nuances, complexity, humanity.