Deep Dive into Peter Jackson’s Beatles Doco
“It’s the Beatles as none would ever see or hear them again – their last live performance as a group, 30 January 1969. It’s also the Beatles as none of us, 52 years on, has ever seen them. The approximately 43-minute sequence from New Zealand director Peter Jackson’s forthcoming documentary, The Beatles: Get Back – screened exclusively for Vanity Fair – shows the full, uninterrupted concert on the roof of 3 Savile Row, the band’s headquarters, including iconic performances that would appear on their last album, Let It Be,” Joe Hagan writes for the magazine.
“The original footage, taken from at least nine different cameras, has been scrubbed to astonishing clarity, detail, and colour, a rapturous window in time. The six-hour doc will run on Disney+ over three nights on 25, 26, and 27 November,” Hagan writes.
“For a Beatles fan, this is manna from heaven, every detail taking on immense power.
“Fifty-one years after the group broke up, Jackson’s film is probably the last revelatory document we’re likely to see. That it also documents their last official album gives it a bittersweet power. Fans and scholars will likely debate whether Get Back is a revision of history or a correction. But it’s something everyone craves: more Beatles. Says Jackson: ‘Paul said to me at one stage, “Look, this stuff’s fantastic, because at the end of the day, I’m a Beatles fan.”’”
Original article by Joe Hagan, Vanity Fair, June 17, 2021.