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The Beatles



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3 stars This is one of the most bizarre movies I have seen but it is The Beatles and they were never into realism on their movies. As with all Beatles flicks there are some iconic images that have stayed with me for years. It is difficult to forget the dream sequence where massive dollops of spaghetti is served up, or the psychedelic imagery of Harrison singing Blue Jay Way, such a great song, or the Eggmen and the weird entourage following the bus slowly as projected images are superimposed. The best part of the film is seen when the tour bus is on it's way to the unknown destination, with a strange cast capitalising on the zaniness. Best moments are obvious when you watch this hit and miss affair. The iconic I Am The Walrus is quintessential and seen often on Beatles documentaries. This clip is the beginning of MTV really.

The Fool on the Hill is a tour of France with McCartney frolicking among the trees for no particular reason. There are psychedelic surrealism injected in the Flying sequence with multi coloured psychedelic clouds, again capitalising on the acid soaked mindless youth culture.

Overall there is enough here to sustain the interest of the 50 minutes running time. This was actually a TV movie turned into a success thanks to marketing and the great album soundtrack with slick booklet. Worth a look if you are curious but this is not a great film by any stretch of the imagination.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |


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