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"The Beatles: Get Back" by Peter Jackson: Closer than ever

“The Beatles: Get Back” by Peter Jackson: Closer than ever

Michael Lindsay-Hogg tirelessly continued filming. When his documentary “Let It Be” was finally released in May 1970, the Beatles were already separated.

For many fans, “Let It Be” has turned into an unloved and depressing film. Although it documents creative work processes, it also documents bad moods, quarrels between Paul McCartney and George Harrison or conflicts with Yoko Ono.

The Beatles hate “Let It Be”. It went down in history as a swan song on the collapse of the century band.

In fact, enthusiast Michael Lindsay-Hogg filmed nearly 60 hours of film material and also produced about 150 hours of audio recordings, of which only 80 minutes ended up in “Let It Be”. The rest of the material vanished in the vault for 52 years – until Academy Award winner and Beatles fan Peter Jackson opened it up again: Jackson set out to recreate the image and sound recordings and create a three-part documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, a 120-minute long compilation each (available on November 25, 26, and 27 at Disney +).

The result – as far as you can judge from just 40 minutes of watching the movie – looks fantastic. Hanging around the studio, messing around or playing songs, these restored 16mm Beatles recordings radiate as fresh as they were made yesterday.

The intimate close-up of the young faces of John, Paul, George and Ringo alone is amazing, not to mention the (private) conversations.