Thursday, August 25, 2011

George Harrison documentary comes to HBO

The “quiet” Beatle finally gets his due this fall with the help of director Martin Scorsese.

The film legend has produced “George Harrison: Living In The Material World,” a two-part documentary set to air October 5 and October 6 on HBO.

The documentary takes viewers on the musical and spiritual voyage that was George Harrison’s life, much of it told in his own words.

Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist, and filmmaker. Scorsese weaves together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies, and photographs. Much of the material in the film has never been seen (or heard) before. The result is a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the most talented artists of his generation and a profoundly intimate and affecting work of cinema.

The film includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart, who all speak candidly about George's many talents and contradictions.

The film was produced by Scorsese, Olivia Harrison and Nigel Sinclair.

"Like so many millions of people, I first came to know George through the music, which was the soundtrack of our world,” said Scorcese. The Beatles' music, those beautifully lyrical guitar breaks and solos, those unforgettable songs of George's, like "I Me Mine" or "If I Needed Someone," and the images, in magazines, on album covers, the TV appearances, the newsreel footage, the Richard Lester movies; 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,”
the director continued. “It was like walking into a cathedral. George was making spiritually awake music – we all heard and felt it – and I think that was the reason that he came to occupy a very special place in our lives. So when I was offered the chance to make this picture, I jumped at it. Spending time with Olivia, interviewing so many of George’s closest friends, reviewing all that footage, some of it never seen before, and listening to all of that magnificent music – it was a joy, and an experience I'll always treasure."

"Martin Scorsese's intuition towards George was evident the first time we met to discuss this project,”
said Olivia. “He sensed what George was about: his music, his strong beliefs, his art, his place in the Beatles story, and his extraordinary life afterwards. Marty’s wonderful film has found all of that and more."

Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK announced that it will be releasing the film in the UK on 10th October 2011 in three editions – DVD, Blu-ray and DVD Double play (DVD/ BD combi pack), and a beautifully packaged DVD / Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, which includes an exclusive CD of previously unheard tracks from George Harrison, and a book of photography to accompany the film.

Harrison passed away from lung cancer in November of 2001.

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