Pix & Clips: The Beatles/Get Back (Teaser)

Even if you’re not a Beatles fan and as such haven’t followed the upcoming Get Back documentary by New Zealand film director, screenwriter and film producer Peter Jackson, there’s probably no way you haven’t at least heard of it, given all the publicity push around the film. Here’s the latest teaser I just saw, an excerpt of Get Back from The Beatles’ legendary rooftop performance, their final live concert.

While I’m generally not a fan of hype, The Beatles are my all-time favorite band, so I definitely look forward to the documentary. Since I watch very little TV these days and have never been into binging, I’m very happy Get Back will be presented as a three-part docuseries. Even for a Beatles nut like me, the thought of watching six hours in a row would be pretty daunting.

The Beatles: Get Back, as it’s officially titled, will start airing tomorrow (November 25) exclusively on Disney+ with the first 2-hour installment. Episodes two and three will follow on Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27, respectively. I wonder how many temporary subscribers Disney+ got because of the docuseries.

Here’s some additional background on the documentary from The Beatles’ official website:

The docuseries showcases The Beatles’ creative process as they attempt to write 14 new songs in preparation for their first live concert in over two years. Faced with a nearly impossible deadline, the strong bonds of friendship shared by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are put to the test.

The docuseries is compiled from nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot over 21 days, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and from more than 150 hours of unheard audio, most of which has been locked in a vault for over half a century. Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to this Beatles treasure trove, all of which has now been brilliantly restored. What emerges is an unbelievably intimate portrait of The Beatles, showing how, with their backs against the wall, they could still rely on their friendship, good humor, and creative genius. While plans derail and relationships are put to the test, some of the world’s most iconic songs are composed and performed.

The docuseries features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.

Sources: Wikipedia; The Beatles website; YouTube

24 thoughts on “Pix & Clips: The Beatles/Get Back (Teaser)”

  1. Things will chill out now as they move to the Apple office. What a cold huge place to make music….it could not have been comfortable in there. I love the conversation between them all.

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    1. I found episode 1 fascinating, though I think it’s fair to add the film is mostly for Beatles fans.

      There were certainly some things in there that were completely new to me, such as the idea of a performance in Libya.

      So far, I also don’t sense the documentary is some attempt to whitewash Beatles history, which I’m glad to see. While there were obvious moments of joy, especially between John and Paul, you could clearly sense George’s increasing alienation just based on his facial expressions.

      What I liked in particular was the work on early versions of John’s “Gimme Some Truth” and George’s “All Things Must Pass.” Or how about John’s impromptu guitar rendition of the theme of the Orson Welles picture “The Third Man”?

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      1. No I don’t see a whitewash either….they are showing it like it was…I mean we are a fly on the wall in this….which I think is terrific.

        Also their arguments are not that bad. In our band…we would really argue! I can’t imagine a film crew there…I see why they moved to Apple.

        Gimme Some Truth took me by surprise! All Things Must Pass sounded great when all of them joined in.
        Oh The Third Man really threw me also.

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      2. What I will also say, and I really mean no disrespect to Yoko Ono, but her permanent presence right next to John was really awkward. Frankly, it would have driven me crazy! Yes, there were other guests like Linda Eastman, but not all the time and not as much in your face. Please, at least Linda did something useful, i.e., taking pictures!

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      3. And Linda stayed out of the way doing it. That would NOT have worked in any band. John should have known that and did…he liked to provoke.
        We did miss something when George quit. There was something else going on. I’ve read where it was John that pushed him over the edge about something. It was at lunch.

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      4. Yep. If I recall it correctly, in the film there was a clearly audible “cut” when George said he was leaving the group.

        To me it looked like George had mostly taken it all in without verbalizing much of his feelings, but his facial expressions spoke volumes!

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      5. Yes his face told the story.
        I think the next episodes they will be happy at Apple. My guess is they all left at different times…not in such a dramatic way but left and came right back.

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      6. Yes….becasue of work…I might have to watch tomorrow…dang it! But I will try to sneak it in…I believe it will be 3 hours tonight.

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      7. It is 173 minutes so it lacks 7 minutes being 3 hours….here it is:
        157 min (part 1) 173 min (part 2) 138 min (part 3) 468 min (total)
        So if my math is correct….it’s 7.8 hours

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      8. Wow, I have no idea why I thought the whole thing would be 6 hours only. Now I’m even more glad they split it up into three episodes. I mean, again, I’m a huge Beatles fan, but nearly 8 hours definitely would be overkill, even for a nutcase like me! 🙂

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      9. I can tell you why…that is what I read also. Everyone reporting it said the same thing. I have read where the Bluray will have more.

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  2. Did you take amphetamines this week? You have like, a thousand posts, three in one day.

    My son and I have been watching and we’re pretty much through the second one. After the third one, I may do a post. Not so much a review as a set of observations and impressions U got from it.

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    1. Ha! Actually, I’ve been off work since Wednesday, so lots of extra time. Next week, that stream of posts will revert back to a more normal level.

      I’m still watching the second episode. I started late, then I got interrupted. I’m not sure yet what I’ll do in terms of blogging. I don’t think I’ll do a formal review either.

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      1. I agree, Jim, almost 3 hours is quite heavy. At least this episode felt more happy than the first part, especially once George is back and The Beatles moved into the Apple studio.

        One of my highlights is when they play “I’ve Got a Feeling” with Billy Preston. I guess he could not have shown up at a better time!

        Another great musical moment is John playing lap steel guitar on “For You Blue.” While I always thought he was a great songwriter, he didn’t impress me that much as a guitarist. But he did a great job on lap steel!

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      2. Billy Preston was the missing ingredient that pulled it all together. A fortuitous accident that greatly improved the songs and frankly, put him on the map. Nobody had ever heard of him prior to that.

        As to John’s guitar playing, two things: I did not know until (literally) yesterday that it was John playing the solo on ‘Get Back’ in George’s absence. It’s brief but mighty tasty. And John was a great rhythm guitarist and has been acknowledged as such. He has a very dramatic, percussive style. Listen to “All my Loving” then check this out:

        https://guitarsexchange.com/en/psych-out/589/the-best-moments-of-john-lennon-on-guitar/

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