Let It Be (1970)
Let It Be (1970)
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The sycophancy of the direction notwithstanding, this survives as a fascinating record of both the Beatles' collapse and their unending power over their audience (us).
Sanitized it may well be, but agonizing nonetheless -- it's a domestic squabble that somehow touches history.
The scenes included in the film show the four simply trying to make music, and often as not having fun doing it.
Like the album it shares a name with, the film is not all it should have been.
Audience Reviews for Let It Be
The Beatles doing that they do best, making music. Never a bad thing.
I wouldn't be surprised if the reason why "Let It Be" is so difficult to obtain legally has something to do with Paul McCartney's awareness that he comes across as a bit of a twat in it. When he's not bullying George Harrison about his playing, he's bitching to John Lennon about Harrison's reluctance to perform in front of a live audience. There's also something cringe-making about the way in which McCartney earnestly pitches his songs ("Let It Be" and "The Long and Winding Road") straight down the barrel of the camera, while the other band members generally try to ignore the film crew.
In the short-term, giving up touring in 1966 immeasurably improved the quality of both The Beatles' song-writing and their record production, but it also gave them too much free time to devote themselves to dubious religious enlightenment and naÔve business ventures; in the era of Peace and Love they were a soft touch for parasitic spongers. If the formation of Apple Corps was a significant nail in the coffin of The Beatles, so too was the fact that, by stopping touring, they had effectively cut themselves off from their raison d'Ítre: their audience. The famous rooftop concert that ends "Let It Be" is the perfect metaphor for the demise of The Beatles themselves. There they are on the roof of the Apple Building, working-class heroes turned businessmen, playing their hearts out for the public one last time - to a crowd of curious but largely unappreciative white-collar conservatives. It's a spectacle as tragic as it is uplifting.
i'm not sure i can objectively rate this but it was a joy to watch. it's alot of raw footage interspersed with amazing performances from the legends of my childhood. seeing them jam in the studio on shake rattle and roll and lawdy miss clawdy and witnessing the creation of the songs that became their last album was an emotional experience for me. it all culminates in 20 mins of the famous rooftop concert, seriously disrupting business in the street below, as some complained! i thought the touching relationship between john and paul was still quite evident here despite attempts to demonize yoko ono. this film was not easy to come by but if u get the opportunity, check it out. it's an awesome piece of rock n roll history
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