The director gives a more positive review of the group’s final days with “The Beatles: Get Back”, after 50 years in which they were defined by tensions and the separation that was coming.
Despite the tensions and the looming separation, the Beatles were able to create and have fun until the end: with his new documentary series, Peter Jackson dispels myths about Liverpool’s “fabulous” four and offers a positive look at their last moments of intimacy.
“The Beatles: Get Back” follows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr in January 1969, preparing for their first show in over two years. The Beatles were then involved in writing and recording 14 new songs for the occasion, but they only had three weeks to do so, a deadline that seemed impossible to meet.
These intense and difficult moments were immortalized at that moment by British director Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The images resulted in the film “Let It Be”, from 1970, the year in which the Beatles formalized their separation.
This documentary insisted on the tensions between the four artists, their disputes, and creative disagreements, lastingly marking the memory of fans.
An admirer of the Beatles, Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson (of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy) wanted to move beyond this negative view of a resentful, near-death group.
“Anyway, the best of us always was and always will be when we’re against the wall,” says Paul McCartney in “The Beatles: Get Back”, which will air from November 25 on the streaming platform Disney+ in three episodes. , for a total of 468 minutes (almost 8 hours).
The trilogy also shows for the first time in its entirety the 40-minute spectacle given by the Beatles on the terrace of their publishing house in Savile Row, in the heart of London. That was the group’s last public performance.
To unearth these gems, which will delight fans and enthusiasts of the band, Peter Jackson delved into 60 hours of video archives, which had remained closed during this time, and signed a documentary series that emphasizes the Beatles’ complicity and joie de vivre.
“There was always the misconception that my father was responsible for the breakup of the Beatles, but that wasn’t the case and you can clearly see it in the images,” says Stella McCartney, Paul’s daughter.
“CULTURAL MOVEMENT” WORLDWIDE
Stella McCartney, who released a limited collection of clothing inspired by the band’s aesthetic during that time in their lives, says she saw the new documentary trilogy as a daughter of the Beatles, but also as a fan.
“You look at it and say, ‘This is the best band in the world, the best music, these are the coolest people’ […] There are very few moments in history that can compare,” she says.
For her, the Beatles simply “embodied a cultural movement for positive change that continues to influence millions of people around the world.”
“‘All it takes is love’, ‘Get together’ [Beatles’ stanzas] … It’s your music, it’s your lyrics,” she enumerates.
She also emphasizes the impact the “Fab Four” had on fashion throughout their careers.
“When I see the Beatles, it always amazes me how many styles they created to show off in such a short time, with iconic moments. If you pick up the [album] ‘Sargent Pepper’s, you know exactly what they were wearing at that moment”, explains Stella McCartney.
Strongly committed to protecting the environment, the designer, whose brand attracts fashion lovers, dressmakers, and celebrities, hopes that the “Get Back”-inspired collection will continue to be as timeless as the Beatles.
But the Beatles’ daughter designs her clothes while listening to music?
“I prefer silence when I work. I know it’s weird, but I think it has a lot to do with having been surrounded by music all my life […] My ear is so trained… it prevents me from concentrating “, he justifies.