George Harrison: Living in the Material World

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Martin Scorsese's George Harrison documentary, chronicling his personal life and career from his beginnings with the Beatles to his subsequent solo career. Featuring interviews with Harrison and his family and friends, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and Phil Spector.

The film follows Scorsese's other excellent labour-of-love musical docos, including Last Waltz (on The Band) and No Direction Home (on Bob Dylan). Says Scorsese: "I first came to know George through the music, which was the soundtrack of our world. The Beatles’ music, those beautifully lyrical guitar breaks and solos... and then there was the world after the Beatles, when George and his music seemed to open up and flower. I will never forget the first time I heard 'All Things Must Pass', the overwhelming feeling of taking in all that glorious music for the first time. It was like walking into a cathedral."

Official Synopsis: "Much of it told in his own words, the film traces Harrison’s life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker, weaving together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and photographs."

2011Rating: M, contains offensive languageUSA
BiographyDocumentaryMusic
Director:
Martin Scorsese ('Hugo', 'The Departed', 'No Direction Home: Bob Dylan', 'Casino', 'Goodfellas', 'Raging Bull', 'Taxi Driver')
Cast:
George HarrisonPaul McCartneyRingo StarrTerry GilliamEric IdleEric ClaptonTom PettyYoko OnoDhani HarrisonPhil SpectorOlivia HarrisonRavi Shankar
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Reviews & comments

Beautiful

I thought this was stunning - gives an alternative view of the Beatles (and their break-up), and a new appreciation for Harrison and his solo career. He comes across flawed, but his life and point of view I thought was inspirational. Very interesting, very engaging.

5.0
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Total Film

Total Film

press

This beautifully assembled tribute makes a persuasive case for Harrison’s enduring significance.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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An absorbing and beautifully made film in its own right, whose 208 minutes mostly fly by.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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An excellent movie throwing new light on the so-called "quiet Beatle". Despite being co-produced by Harrison's widow, it's well this side of hagiography, and held my unflagging attention for three and a half hours.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Scorsese has accomplished the best documentary that is probably possible.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This may be the better work [than "No Direction Home"], for its depth of feeling and its relatively more forthcoming and knowable subject.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

This beautifully assembled tribute makes a persuasive case for Harrison’s enduring significance.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An absorbing and beautifully made film in its own right, whose 208 minutes mostly fly by.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An excellent movie throwing new light on the so-called "quiet Beatle". Despite being co-produced by Harrison's widow, it's well this side of hagiography, and held my unflagging attention for three and a half hours.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Scorsese has accomplished the best documentary that is probably possible.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This may be the better work [than "No Direction Home"], for its depth of feeling and its relatively more forthcoming and knowable subject.

0

Beautiful

I thought this was stunning - gives an alternative view of the Beatles (and their break-up), and a new appreciation for Harrison and his solo career. He comes across flawed, but his life and point of view I thought was inspirational. Very interesting, very engaging.

5.0
0