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3.0 out of 5 stars So many gaps! Is this really Scorsese?, October 23, 2011
This review is from: George Harrison: Living in the Material World [UK import, Region 2 PAL format] (DVD)
The documentary has so many gaps, I wouldn't know which I should start with. The most blatant are George's music and some people in his life.

Re the missing music: there is nothing that George recorded between Dark Horse and The Traveling Wilburys. No 33 & 1/3, no All Those Years Ago, not even Cloud Nine (including the great videos of these records). Also: nothing from the pro-shot 1991 Japanese tour with Eric, from the Prince's Trust Concert, and neither from the Carl Perkins TV special.

It's true the documentary is 3 and a half hours long, but had it to be a one-piece film? George wanted an Anthology, like the Beatles' one, so why didn't they make a series of 7 or 8 episodes? They had plenty of material.

The other big absence is Patty's. In this respect, Olivia did quite a nasty job. Patty, the woman who shared the most significant part of George's life, the one who introduced him to the Indian spirituality, is reduced to some discussions about her infidelity with Eric. As for her presence in the film, there is a fragment of an old footage (quite insignificant) where she was a bit angry with the other three Beatles, and a paragraph from her (audio)book. Isn't that a shame...

How ironic this must be for Patty: after being forced to deal with the fans' nastiness in the 60's (and she was constantly physically and verbally abused), with all the humiliations coming from George (mainly his many infidelities inclusively with Ringo's first wife), as well as with George's public statement that Something was not about her (he could be a perfect gentleman sometimes, George), now she is refused her own past and history. By Olivia. But how could the great Scorsese have no say in this matter and accept this flagrant gap? Go figure.

The movie has some highlights, hence the three stars: Ringo, Astrid, Klaus and (even) Paul give some emotional insights full of sincerity.
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Initial post: Oct 30, 2011 11:22:01 PM PDT
P. Dunlop says:
I am in complete agreement with this review. The documentary seemed incomplete and disjointed to me. I expected more from Scorsese. There is much to love about this film, but the glaring omissions cannot be ignored. Beyond what the reviewer pointed out with respect to the music and Pattie, I thought the actual video content from George was lacking. There were numerous recollections from people who were on the fringe of Harrison's life, yet the actual on-camera video from Harrison himself is thin. I don't understand it. This documentary evidently should have been somewhat longer. There's no excuse for leaving out so much important detail. I'm not saying it isn't worth seeing. There is plenty of insight here. But the story is incomplete.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 3:09:07 PM PST
Very poor job by Scorsese ! I agree 100% !

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 9:40:51 AM PST
Alias says:
You guys are crazy. This became my favorite Beatles-related documentary. THis isn't supposed to be a "how did George write his greatest hits" but a film about his spiritual journey and the dualities of the soul.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2012 12:05:22 PM PDT
Natasha Conn says:
Sounds a bit like the Beatles Anthology where they left out Yoko completely. Olivia as the present wife probably wanted Pattie marginalized, but George's peak artistic years weren't with Olivia, they were with Pattie.
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