George Harrison

George Harrison

Living in the Material World

DVD - 2011
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The story of George Harrison's life and the importance of spirituality within it is told using archival materials, photographs, home movies, interviews, and performance footage.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : UMe, [2011]
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD782.42166 HAR 2011
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (210 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Living in the material world

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Calvacade
Oct 10, 2017

Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese's documentary on the late Beatle George Harrison, GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, named after the singer's 1973 album of the same name.
The film airs in two parts: Part 1 covers George's life from his Liverpool childhood through the height of Beatlemania and beyond. Part 2 begins with the White Album-era tensions between The Beatles, and the group's eventual split, then focuses on George's solo career and his personal life.

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DickyMicky
Oct 07, 2017

Listen up! - If you like George Harrison, then you're sure to dig this documentary. It covers Harrison's life and career very well.

Be sure to read Fuzzy_Wuzzy's review - 7 comments below. He really knows how to word things in an interesting and informative way.

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Maoisdead
Oct 07, 2017

Knowing Martin Scorsese's track record with music documentaries about The Band in "The Last Waltz" and the Rolling Stones "Shine A Light," it's no wonder "Living in the Material World" is a well done, thoughtful review of the life of "The Quiet Beatle." But it is also so much more than just that. You will absolutely learn more than you thought you knew about George Harrison. Surely The Beatles and their respective members have been chronicled extensively in several mediums from books, television, films, radio and a huge catalogue of YouTube programs and videos. The coverage of the history of the Liverpool band is staggering. And that's why LITMW is such a joy to watch. You learn about George's extraordinary life through the voices of his many close friends like surviving Beatle band mates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Beatle's producer George Martin, close friend legendary guitarist Eric Clapton, Eric Idle, Jackie Stewart, Tom Petty, Ravi Shankar, Ray Cooper, Terry Gilliam, Yoko Ono, and many others including his brothers Harry and Pete, ex-wife Patty Boyd and his son Dhani and widow Olivia.
They paint a picture of a man far more talented, powerful, spiritual, and accomplished then some might give George credit. And yet the endearing quality about all the reminiscences by his friends and family is how vitally important and good having George was in all their lives and the profound impact he had on all his family and friends. In the end, we get a more complete, more endearing, more human portrait of George than we have ever seen before. And a look inside what drove the man and his massive talent, whether it was music, films, gardening, racing cars, or the spiritual journey he took from being an icon of popular music to being a man at one with God. It chronicles his search for the spiritual understanding of the purpose of his life and the sometimes elusive peace of mind he sought for himself and the world around him.
A brilliant, warm, touching, humorous, engaging and all together entertaining presentation worthy of Martin Scorsese's unparalleled ability as a unique storyteller.

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uncommonreader
Jul 09, 2017

Really excellent.

Marinetti Apr 13, 2017

This is a wonderful 4-hour (counting the extras) celebration of George Harrison's life. The historical footage includes clips from various interviews with him, and the new interviews focus on those who knew him best, including immediate family. It even includes some items shot by George himself on video. It's all woven together in a way that keeps the story moving without having to introduce a voice-over narrator. The result is a very intimate and moving portrait of a remarkable and complex man.

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VonHafenstaaad
Apr 13, 2017

"Here comes the sun....the smile's returning to their faces." -- George Harrison, 1969
This is the documentary Beatles fans and George Harrison fans have prayed for and long awaited! As others have noted, I, too could have happily watched both installments at one time. Seeing it broken into 2 separate parts had an advantage in that it gave me something to look forward to watching. This is a brilliant work covering the life and artwork of George Harrison, artist extraordinaire in his multi-faceted glory.

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TheeAvebury
Apr 13, 2017

Fascinating documentary by Martin Scorsese about the ' quiet Beatle ' George Harrison. It delves into his time in The Beatles, his personal love life and his interest in spirituality. Worth a look.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Mar 07, 2017

(*George Harrison quote*) - "Give me love. Give me peace on Earth."

Professionally directed by acclaimed film-maker, Martin Scorsese - "Living In the Material World" is certainly an informative and in-depth production that closely examines the public/private life of renowned musician, George Harrison, and his role as a productive member of the Fab Four (aka. The Beatles).

Featuring countless stills and excellent archival footage, along with interviews with relatives and fellow musicians (as well as interviews with George, himself) - "Living In the Material World" is definitely a first-rate celebrity documentary that reveals to the viewer so much more about the real George Harrison (known as the "quiet" Beatle) than, at first, meets the eye.

This 2-disc set has a running time of approximately 3 hours.... (*Watch video-clip*)

*Note* - On November 29, 2001 - George Harrison (58 at the time) died from throat cancer.

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RainbowRabbit
Feb 19, 2013

This is a lengthy and fulsome biography, without voice-over commentary, only the views of the interviewees, including Harrison himself. Lots of insights are provided on this multifaceted and talented musician, whose spirituality is given considerable coverage. Interviewees include Paul, Ringo, Clapton, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, son Dhani and second wife Olivia. Clapton is quite open about 'stealing' Harrison's first wife, Patti. There is plenty of music, although only one complete recording. While considerable space is given to "All Things Must Pass", his magnum opus, there is too little time given to his several subsequent albums, such as "Cloud 9" and "Brainwashed", which are quite enjoyable. For someone famous so early in life, there are plenty of video clips of Harrison with colleagues, friends and family. With the extras this documentary stretches to around five hours.

PrinceBishop Jan 27, 2013

One of the finest biographical documentaries I have ever seen. George always was my favourite Beatle, and now I realize why.

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