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Encyclopedia > Let It Be (film)

For the Taiwanese film whose foreign title translates to the same name, see 無米樂

Let It Be
Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Produced by Neil Aspinall
Mal Evans
Starring The Beatles
Billy Preston
Music by The Beatles
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) May 20, 1970 (UK release)
Running time 81 minutes
Language English
IMDb profile

Let It Be is a 1970 film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. Image File history File links Film4. ... Michael Lindsay-Hogg (born May 5, 1940 in New York City to actress Geraldine Fitzgerald) is an American television and stage director and an occasional writer and actor. ... Neil Aspinall (born in Prestatyn, North Wales, on 13 October 1942) is best known as the road manager and personal assistant for The Beatles. ... Mal Evans Malcolm Evans (May 27, 1935 – January 5, 1976) is best known as the roadie, assistant, and friend to the Beatles. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... May 20 is the 140th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (141st in leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... Let It Be is the twelfth and final album by The Beatles, released on May 8, 1970 by the bands own Apple Records label. ...


The original premise of the film was to show the Beatles 'live' in the studio, creating their next album (which would be a live album), followed by a concert. However, the band members had begun to drift apart, and the project documents some of the aspects leading to the band's eventual break-up.

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History

The rooftop concert
The rooftop concert

The Beatles assembled at Twickenham Film Studios on January 2, 1969, accompanied by the film crew, and began recording. There were tensions and disagreements among the Beatles, and they disliked the conditions at the Twickenham studios and the working schedule. They started work in the morning rather than working late into the night as they had been accustomed to doing at Abbey Road Studios, where they usually recorded their songs. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Twickenham Film Studios is a film studio located in St. ... January 2 is the second day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... The legendary recording studio Abbey Road Studios, created in November of 1931 by EMI in London, England is best known as the legendary recording studio used by the rock artists: The Beatles, Cliff Richard, Pink Floyd and The Shadows. ...


George Harrison quit the sessions for a few days, although this is not documented in the film.[1] Eventually the band left Twickenham and went to their own new basement recording studio at Apple's headquarters in Savile Row, London; and Harrison brought in keyboardist Billy Preston to play electric piano/organ.[2] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... Savile Row Savile Row Savile Row is a road in the City of Westminster in central London that runs parallel to Regent Street between Conduit Street at the northern end and Vigo Street at the southern. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ...


The Let It Be film includes the Beatles performing finished versions of "Two of Us", "The Long and Winding Road", "Let It Be", "Get Back", "Don't Let Me Down", "I've Got a Feeling", "One After 909", and "Dig a Pony".[3][4] Two of Us is the title of a 1969 song by The Beatles, specifically Paul McCartney. ... The Long and Winding Road is a pop ballad written by Paul McCartney that originally appeared on The Beatles album Let It Be. ... Let It Be is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney), released by The Beatles as a single in March 1970 and later the same year as the title track of their album Let It Be. ... Get Back sessions, see Let It Be (album). ... For other uses, see Dont Let Me Down. ... Ive Got a Feeling is a song by The Beatles, off the 1970 album Let It Be. ... One After 909 is a Beatles song. ... Dig A Pony is a song by The Beatles, originally released on Let It Be, and later rereleased on Let It Be. ...


The rooftop performance

The original concept for the film project called for the documentary to end with a live show, the first live public performance by the band since the end of their last tour, on August 29, 1966, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. However, agreeing on a format for the live show proved problematic. Paul McCartney suggested playing a small club, like the Beatles had in the early days. John Lennon suggested an overseas location such as Africa (although he also expressed a sarcastic desire to perform the show in an asylum). Ringo Starr held out for staying home in England. George Harrison showed little enthusiasm for any live performance at all. August 29 is the 241st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (242nd in leap years), with 124 days remaining. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Monster Park (colloquially, The Stick or Candlestick, after its original name of Candlestick Park) is an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium located in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born June 18, 1942) is a Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of the Beatles. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... For other uses, see Africa (disambiguation). ... Sarcasm from Greek sarkasmos, to tear flesh is sneering, jesting, or mocking a person, situation or thing. ... A psychiatric hospital (also called at various places and times, mental hospital, mental ward, sanitarium or asylum) is a hospital specializing in the treatment of persons with mental illness. ... Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940 in Liverpool),[1] known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


After failing to agree on any other venue, the band settled for an unannounced concert atop their own building, Apple's headquarters. The Beatles, accompanied by Preston, performed on January 30, 1969 - intercut in the film with interviews of some rather surprised Londoners near the Apple headquarters as the music blasts out from the roof. The performance and the film close with the police arriving and shutting the concert down. The rooftop concert has been a popular bootleg ever since. January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... A bootleg recording (or simply bootleg or boot) is an audio and/or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist, or under other legal authority. ...


The Beatles played five songs during the rooftop performance: "Get Back" (three times), "Don't Let Me Down" (twice), "I've Got a Feeling" (twice), "One After 909", and "Dig a Pony". (The Beatles also played a brief version of the British national anthem, "God Save the Queen", while second engineer Alan Parsons was changing tapes.)[3] Get Back sessions, see Let It Be (album). ... For other uses, see Dont Let Me Down. ... Ive Got a Feeling is a song by The Beatles, off the 1970 album Let It Be. ... One After 909 is a Beatles song. ... Dig A Pony is a song by The Beatles, originally released on Let It Be, and later rereleased on Let It Be. ... God Save the King/Queen is a patriotic hymn, and the National Anthem and Royal Anthem of the United Kingdom. ... Alan Parsons (born December 20, 1948 in London, England) is a British audio engineer, musician, and record producer. ...


After the final song, McCartney is heard to say, "Thanks, Mo!" acknowledging the enthusiastic applause and cheering from Maureen Starkey. Then Lennon closes with the well-known remark, "I'd like to say 'thank you' on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition!"[3] This exchange was spliced on to the end of the Let It Be album. Maureen Cox Starkey (August 4, 1946 – December 30, 1994) was the wife of Beatle drummer, Richard Starkey (a. ...


Songs in the Let It Be film

McCartney and Starr in Let It Be

All songs credited to Lennon/McCartney, except where noted. Image File history File links Beatles_1969b2. ... Image File history File links Beatles_1969b2. ...

Other songs played during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions (but not featured in the Let It Be film) include: "Ain't She Sweet" (Milton Ager/Jack Yellen); "Love Me Do"; "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"; "All Things Must Pass" (Harrison); "Back Seat of My Car" (McCartney); "Child of Nature" (Lennon), which was later reworked to become "Jealous Guy"; "Every Night" (McCartney); "Gimme Some Truth" (Lennon); "Maybe I'm Amazed" (McCartney); "That Would Be Something" (McCartney); and "I Lost My Little Girl" (McCartney), which was the first song written by McCartney, when he was 14.[1][2][3][4][5] For other uses, see Dont Let Me Down. ... Maxwells Silver Hammer is a song performed by The Beatles, with Paul McCartney singing the lead, and is included on their album Abbey Road. ... Two of Us is the title of a 1969 song by The Beatles, specifically Paul McCartney. ... Ive Got a Feeling is a song by The Beatles, off the 1970 album Let It Be. ... Oh! Darling is a song of The Beatles composed by Paul McCartney and appearing on the Abbey Road album in 1969. ... One After 909 is a Beatles song. ... Across the Universe is a song by The Beatles that first appeared as a charity release in December 1969, and later, in modified form, became a standout track on their May 1970 album, Let It Be. ... Dig A Pony is a song by The Beatles, originally released on Let It Be, and later rereleased on Let It Be. ... I Me Mine is a Beatles song, written and sung by George Harrison. ... For You Blue was written by George Harrison for his wife Patti Boyd Harrison, who would be the subject of many of his love songs. ... Bésame Mucho (Kiss me a lot in English) is a Mexican song that rapidly became one of the most popular songs of the 20th century. ... Consuelo Velázquez Consuelo Velázquez (1916?-January 22, 2005), was a Mexican songwriter. ... Octopuss Garden is a song written by Ringo Starr with some help from George Harrison, although it is credited solely to Starr. ... Youve Really Got a Hold on Me is a 1962 hit single by The Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label. ... William Smokey Robinson, Jr. ... The Long and Winding Road is a pop ballad written by Paul McCartney that originally appeared on The Beatles album Let It Be. ... Shake, Rattle and Roll is a prototypical blues-form rock and roll song written by Jesse Stone (under his working name Charles Calhoun). ... Jesse Stone (born Charles Calhoun 16 November 1901, died 1 April 1999) was a American rhythm and blues musician whose influence spanned a wide range of genres. ... Kansas City is the title of a rhythm and blues song dating back to the 1950s. ... Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley & Jerry Leiber Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most influential songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ... Lloyd Price (born March 9, 1933 in Kenner, Louisiana) was an early rock and roll musician. ... Dig It is a song by The Beatles featured on their album Let It Be. ... Let It Be is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney), released by The Beatles as a single in March 1970 and later the same year as the title track of their album Let It Be. ... Get Back sessions, see Let It Be (album). ... Let It Be is the twelfth and final album by The Beatles, released on May 8, 1970 by the bands own Apple Records label. ... Aint She Sweet was an American album featuring four tracks recorded in Hamburg in 1961 by The Beatles featuring Tony Sheridan (except for the title song with vocal by John Lennon) and cover versions of Beatles and British Invasion songs recorded by The Swallows. ... Milton Ager (October 6, 1893 - May 6, 1979) was an American pianist and composer. ... Jack Yellen (Jacek Jeleń) (July 6, 1892 - April 17, 1991) was a Polish-Jewish born American lyricist. ... Love Me Do is an early Lennon-McCartney song, mainly written by Paul McCartney in 1961-2. ... I Want You (Shes So Heavy) is a song by The Beatles, from their album Abbey Road. ... All Things Must Pass is a song written by George Harrison. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jealous Guy is a song written and performed by John Lennon which first appeared on his 1971 album Imagine. ... Every Night is a song written by Paul McCartney while he was on holiday in Greece, and first released on his McCartney album on April 17, 1970. ... Maybe Im Amazed is a song written by Paul McCartney, which was first released on his McCartney album on April 17, 1970. ... That Would Be Something is a song written by Paul McCartney in Scotland, which was first released on his McCartney album on April 17, 1970. ... I Lost My Little Girl is the first song written by Paul McCartney, when he was 14. ...


Premiere and awards

The film premiered at the Liverpool Gaumont on Wednesday May 20, 1970; and the Beatles won an Oscar for Let It Be under the category 'Best Music, Original Song Score' and a 'Best Original Score' Grammy.[6] May 20 is the 140th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (141st in leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Availability of the film

The film has been out of circulation since being released on VHS video, RCA SelectaVision videodisc, and laserdisc in the early 1980s. These early video copies were considerably poorer quality than the original theatrical release of the film due to rough conversion from 8-millimetre and 16-millimetre prints. DVD bootlegs of the film are usually derived from VHS or visually superior laserdisc versions, although there are very few laserdiscs that are in pristine performance condition due to laser rot. Image File history File links Letitbevhs. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Vertical Helical Scan, better known by its abbreviation VHS (and often confused to be Video Home System) is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by... Video (Latin for I see, first person singular present, indicative of videre, to see) is the technology of electronically capturing, recording, processing, storing, transmitting, and reconstructing a sequence of still images representing scenes in motion. ... The Hobbit CED SelectaVision was originally the name for a video playback system developed by RCA using specialized Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) media, in which video and audio could be played back on a TV using a special analog needle and high-density groove system similar to phonograph records. ... Videodisc (or video disc) is a general term for a laser- or stylus-readable random-access circular disc that contains both audio and video signals recorded in an analog form. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Laser rot (or LaserRot, after the original, camel cased product name LaserDisc) was a phenomenon observed by some users of early software in the Laserdisc format. ...


In a February 2007 interview with Neil Aspinall regarding the remastering of the film for DVD release, he stated, "The film was so controversial when it first came out. When we got halfway through restoring it, we looked at the outtakes and realized: this stuff is still controversial. It raised a lot of old issues."[1] This is an indication that it may be a very long time before Let It Be is ever reissued on DVD. Neil Aspinall (born in Prestatyn, North Wales, on 13 October 1942) is best known as the road manager and personal assistant for The Beatles. ...


References

  1. ^ a b The Twickenham Sessions. The Get Back Rehearsals. Retrieved on October 29, 2006.
  2. ^ a b The Apple Sessions. The Get Back Rehearsals. Retrieved on October 29, 2006.
  3. ^ a b c d The Rooftop Concert. The Get Back Rehearsals. Retrieved on October 29, 2006.
  4. ^ a b The Apple Studio Performance. The Get Back Rehearsals. Retrieved on October 29, 2006.
  5. ^ Watch the Lost Beatles. NPR's Online Music Show. Retrieved on October 29, 2006.
  6. ^ Awards for Let It Be. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on October 29, 2006.

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External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

Further reading

  • Get Back: The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles "Let it Be" Disaster, by Doug Sulpy and Ray Schweighardt. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1999. ISBN 0-312-19981-3. An exhaustive analysis of all the surviving session tapes.

 
 

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