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The Love We Make, a film directed by Albert Maysles ( Gimme Shelter ) and Bradley Kaplan, follows Paul McCartney as he journeys through the streets of New York City in the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.
It also chronicles the planning and performance of the benefit concert that took place less than six months after the attacks: The Concert For New York City .
It was an honor to be able to help New York and America at that time in its history, said McCartney of the concert. There was a feeling of shock and fear in the air that I thought we could help alleviate with music and the fact that so many people stepped up to join us made for a very uplifting evening for us all.
The film features performance clips from the benefit concert and backstage moments with many of the performers and other famous attendees.
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It is filmed in black-and-white, giving it the classic Maysles cinema verité look. Interspersed are color snippets of songs at the concert, taken from the TV broadcast. Both of these sources are far from the resolution of today's high definition video. But with these image sources Blu-Ray turns out to be a very bad idea. You get to see the grain detail of the black and white film. That's not so bad. What is dreadful is to see the TV footage which shows every line, color fringe and stairstep of the NTSC broadcast. The problem is exaggerated by the sharpness of Blu-Ray compared with regular DVD. DVD will be a little less annoying, being slightly less sharp. (It would have been much better if they had used original concert footage instead of broadcast TV video. Perhaps copyright issues prevented this.)
Not an essential Macca video but a good addition to your library. My suggestion: Buy the DVD not the Blu-Ray of this one. It will look better on your HDTV.