The Beatles: Get Back Sneak Peek Shows the Fab Four at Their Most Raucous and Playful
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Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson gave Beatles fans a special glimpse into his new documentary The Beatles: Get Back - and it's as loud as Paul McCartney promised.
"It shows that my most important memory of the Beatles was joy and skill," McCartney recently told the Sunday Times of an early clip made from 56 hours previously unseen footage of the Fab Four preparing for it play a rooftop concert on London's Savile Row in January 1969 - a show that turned out to be their final performance.
"The evidence is in the footage," McCartney went on of rehearsals, which the Beatles also used to record a number of classic songs for their last two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.
"I bought the dark side of the Beatles who broke up and thought, 'Oh god, it's my fault.' I knew it wasn't me, but it's easy when the climate is like that to think like that, "added McCartney, who released his third solo album on December 18th.
"In the back of my mind there was always the idea that it wasn't, but I had to see evidence. There's a great photo Linda took that is my favorite of me and John working on and with a song they glow with joy. This footage is the same. All four of us have a ball. "
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Every second of Jackson's five-minute special look confirms McCartney's words.
Opened with a long haired Ringo Starr smoking into the camera and saying, "Tomorrow. Tomorrow everyone together. Another bright day," the footage quickly cuts to the headline of the newspaper "Beatle George May Face French Jail," while John Lennon jokes that reads out the story next to George Harrison - with McCartney accompanying him on bass.
Later, John and Paul jokingly sing Let It Be's opening track Two of Us with their teeth clenched. John then jokingly reaches out to the production team and puts a heavy Liverpool accent to shout, "Don't interrupt us while we're recording. We're fucking stars, you know! Cheek!"
He follows with: "Well, your hosts tonight, The Bottles ..."
Other clips show Linda McCartney chatting to Yoko Ono, Lennon and McCartney, who live together next to a mixer, and all four Beatles vigorously playing Get Back, live on the roof of their Apple Corps headquarters.
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"We've got 56 hours of never-before-seen Beatles footage and it really is ... it's great stuff," says Jackson in the glimpse, which also goes back to 150 hours of previously unheard audio that has all been restored.
"We're roughly in the middle of the edit, but because you've been so patient and the movie has been postponed until 2021, we thought it was a good time to give you a little glimpse of what we've been working on and what kind of The mood and the energy the film will have, "he continues.
"What you're going to see is - it's not a trailer, they're going to be out next year. And it's not a sequence from the movie. It's like a montage of moments we pulled from during the 56 hours of footage that we have and it just gives you a sense of the spirit of the movie we're making.
"So, let's take a look at this and hope that it puts a smile on your face in these rather bleak times we are in right now."
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