Even if part of a band that is constantly discussed and scrutinized like the Beatles, there are still surprises to be found in their rich history. That’s just one of the reasons why The Beatles: Back, the three-part documentary series now streaming on Disney+, is fun to watch. Working with over 55 hours of footage originally shot by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, director Peter Jackson created a close look at John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, ug George Harrison, captured both in the work of creation as well as in conflict.
With a runtime of 468 minutes, it’s a small statement to say that return reveals a more about what happened in the course of making the album Let It Go. But below are some of the unexpected revelations that come from Jackson’s approach to source material. While some of these events may not be a huge surprise to any hardcore Beatles fan familiar with the band’s history, seeing them all unfold in almost a real-time way brings it together. a new kind of effect.
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for The Beatles: Get Out.]
01. George Left the Band for a Few Days, and It Takes Some Work to Get Him Back
In the first week of their stabbing at Twickenham, George was quiet after arguing with Paul about his micromanaging grip and command of the proceedings, writing in his diary, “Get up, go to Twickenham, rehearse until lunchtime-leave to the Beatles. . ”
It takes a few (off-screen) meetings to get him back, and if they can, it will have some specific conditions: Pack up from Twickenham for more comfortable borders at Apple headquarters, and drop the angle of the concert they are going to. just to focus on the album.
02. The Beatles Are Still Together Well, Actually
Instead of depicting a group fighting in public fighting and tense with each other, the doc’s tall lengths show them smiling, laughing, joking and playing. It’s a picture of a band remembering what united them in the first place, and it puts a hole in the idea that it’s specific to their production experience. Let It Go which breaks them up.