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LENNONYC is the story of one of the most famous and influential artists of the Twentieth Century, and how he found redemption not in the public adoration he craved as a youth, but in the quiet and simple pleasures of fatherhood. John Lennon came to New York City in 1971, seeking what every other immigrant who has washed up on its shores has sought: freedom--the freedom to be himself and not Beatle John, the freedom to love without the overwhelming scorn he and Yoko Ono had suffered in London, and, simply, the freedom to live a normal life.
LENNONYC tells this remarkable story with never-before-released in-studio recordings, concert film only recently transferred to high definition, and a trove of rarely-heard Lennon/Ono compositions. It also contains interviews with those closest to Lennon during this period in his life--friend and photographer Bob Gruen; musical collaborator and drummer, Jim Keltner; rock superstar, Elton John; and Jack Douglas, the producer of Double Fantasy. LENNONYC also contains one of the most powerful and emotionally direct interviews Yoko Ono has ever given.
This deluxe Blu-ray edition features a striking 1080p high-definition transfer of the film as well as over 20 minutes of additional interviews with Lennon s close friends and collaborators, giving us deeper insight into the artist whose life and work is as powerful and relevant today as it has ever been.
BONUS FEATURES: Over 20 minutes of additional interviews.
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Naturally, the film has to deal with stories previously told, such as John's flirtation with the yippie movement and problems with immigration and the FBI. Also, despite being primarily about John's love affair with New York, the film gives just as much time to the "lost weekend" period in Los Angeles, much of which has been gone over before.
Many of the usual suspects are interviewed, including Elliot Mintz, May Pang and the ubiquitous Geraldo Rivera but things get interesting when they talk to the musicians who played with John through the 70s. Even when it's Jim Keltner talking about John's drinking in LA, or members of Elephant's Memory talking about having their 'phones tapped too, it brings a perspective that previous films haven't shown. Producer Jack Douglas and Yoko's recollections of what they did on the evenings following John's death is particularly moving.
The film could stand to be about twenty minutes shorter but it does bring a new angle to the story of Lennon in the US, from participants who aren't usually heard.
Highlight: Recollections from musicians about making the albums and studio banter.
Feature: * * * *
Audio: Dolby 5.1, Dolby Stereo
Lennon and Yoko Ono came to New York City to escape England where they, Ono in particular, were treated badly by the English press. New York offered them a sense of freedom and the opportunity to reinvent themselves. As is noted in this documentary, Lennon was happy to be able to find a jacket at a trendy clothing store in New York, pay for it, and leave without any hassle. But they also arrived during a time of activism and war resistance. This documentary describes Lennon's connection with activists Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and Rennie Davis which lead to years of deportation threats, phone tapping, and shadowing by the federal government. Lennon did have supporters in government, though, including a congressmen who wrote a letter read by Lennon on the Dick Cavett Show supporting his use of the N-word in the song "Woman is the N----- of the World."
This reviewer gained a greater respect for Yoko Ono who has many interview clips in this documentary. When John cheated on her, she showed that she could move on with herself and her career without him. She also would not allow John--who fell into drink--to return to her until he was ready. The nicest parts of the documentary for this reviewer are when John and Yoko got back together following Lennon's concert with Elton John in New York (Elton John also appears in interview clips in this documentary). Lennon won his deportation case, celebrated his 35th birthday and the birth of his son Sean on the same day. After that, he took a hiatus from the music business to became a house husband for a few years and this film offers home movies and audio clips of John with his little boy.
More clips from the Double Fantasy sessions are presented. Lennon went back to his early rock 'n roll roots and was writing songs for his generation. Yoko Ono finally received good reviews for her songs on the album. Then, of course, December 8, 1980 happened. The documentary does not dwell on his death. Yoko Ono and others give their reactions that day but then it shifts to a reflection on his work. Although the film is almost two hours, it moves very quickly. There are no bonuses on this disc.