Director Peter Jackson was an early fan of the legendary group The Beatles, and had the privilege of ordering more than 57 hours of never-before-seen footage captured during the preparation of the Fab Four’s last album, Let It Be, in 1970. The three-part cast From the documentary series, a new look at the final collaboration between them.
Titled “The Beatles: Get Back,” it plunges viewers into a race against time as the band has less than three weeks to release an album with new songs and guarantee a live performance, despite the fact that they haven’t played in front of the audience for three years. Rehearsals, compositions, controversies, head-taking, creative imitations, etc… The photos offer an exceptional glimpse into the work done during these three weeks by these four musicians who made up, then, the largest pop group ever.
For Peter Jackson, discovering these photos was a revelation. He, like many Beatles fans, has long believed that the band’s final hours were mostly painful. The records he worked on prove the exact opposite.
“In fact, I don’t think there’s ever been a prolific three-week period in the Beatles’ history more than this. So instead of seeing it as a miserable time leading up to the band breaking up with mediocre recordings, they would write and record the majority of the Let It Be album,” enthuses Peter Jackson.
“It was a fun time. We’ve obviously been a great group, and the way it’s documented is so intimate, which is great. You have the music, the performance and the conversations, but above all you have the personal exchanges between all the players,” Paul McCartney said in a press release.
In addition to the extraordinary restoration work carried out by Peter Jackson’s bands, “The Beatles: Get Back” succeeded in forcing Disney to retain the slang — and any bad words — used by the band members during rehearsals. A small revolution for the Mickey streaming platform.
The documentary series will also see a never-before-seen broadcast on Disney+, with all three episodes to be revealed over three consecutive days starting on November 25. A date that particularly corresponds to the first day of Thanksgiving in the United States.
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