Best Movies Inspired By Beatles Songs

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After the death of their manager Brian Epstein in 1967, The Beatles lost their focus and the once tight knit group began to show signs of fracture. In the hopes to “Get Back” to where they once belonged (a song they “made it up out of thin air”), they re-teamed with director Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969 to capture, as McCartney said, “The Beatles rehearsing, jamming, getting their act together and then finally performing somewhere in a big end-of-show concert.”

Lindsay-Hogg and crew filmed over 50 hours of footage, including the denouement of the band performing on a rooftop (their last ever live gig), retitled the project “Let It Be” (from the song that came to McCartney in a reassuring dream featuring his Mother Mary), which was eventually released a year later, right as the band called it quits. History and memory hasn’t been kind to Lindsay-Hogg’s Academy Award winning documentary, as it’s been labeled a break-up movie, but director Peter Jackson helped change that perception with his take on the material, 2021’s “Get Back.” His 8 hour, 3 part documentary, as both Ringo and McCartney said recently, reminds us of “the joy” the band had together during those notorious recording sessions (and producer Glyn Johns’ amazing wardrobe).

Jackson told The Independent that when he pulled “the veil away and you see the unvarnished truth” it presented “the opportunity to think of them as human beings.” Lindsay-Hogg didn’t participate in Jackson’s doc, but gave his blessing, as he told Variety, “It’s like mine was a short story and his was a full-length novel. They each have different qualities, but I feel both can exist together.”

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