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The Love We Make [Blu-ray]

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Paul McCartney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 29, 2011
Format: DVD
Esteemed documentarian Albert Maysles (along with Bradley Kaplan) bring us this portrait of Paul McCartney shot in New York City in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. McCartney was actually en route out of the country on that fateful day and had his plane grounded when air traffic was shut down. This film documents, for the most part, a few days in October as McCartney readies for the huge benefit called The Concert For New York City. Part self promotion, part paean to New York, part celebrity portrait--this experience is not an overtly emotional tribute to the time. Its focus is squarely on McCartney and what it was like to be him during this tumultuous period. Always fascinating, but strangely aloof, the piece doesn't even get particularly close to its primary subject. Its success, I suppose, is giving viewers a behind the scenes glimpse at an event that united the nation. And while I appreciated this element, it certainly isn't as rousing or moving as I might have expected upon reading its description.

The film begins as McCartney is doing a press junket to promote the event. We see him interact with a number of big name interviewers from Dan Rather all the way to Howard Stern. In this process, the movie provides a peek behind the curtain as the bits are readied and then analyzed after the shoots. In between, McCartney traverses the streets of the city as crowds descend upon him. Somewhat patient, somewhat harried--this segment shows the pressures of celebrity in modern society. The second half of the film takes place during the concert itself and showcases McCartney meeting and greeting a vast array of celebrities that are on hand to participate in the event.
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What we get here is a rare peek into what might typically be what Paul McCartney experiences whenever he's on the road. Paul has always been accused of being gaurded and rather coy. Not here. Not one bit. I have been watching this man since 1963 and never have I seen him more candid. We see his years-honed Beatle charm and wit. We also see his humanitarian side and genuine emotion for what transpired on that awful day. Make no mistake about it; Paul McCartney might just be the most powerful man in show business. People come to him. From pop stars to Hollywood types to media moguls to past USA Presidents. They all seek to gain his attention, some for more than a few minutes, others just to shake his hand and be recognized. Paul is charming throughout. A couple of particularly interesting moments were backstage when "Jimmy" (as Paul called him) Taylor were reminiscing about their Apple recording experience...and when Jay-Z was onstage performing, Paul was watching on the monitor and working his best "hood" moves as Abe Laborial was translating some of the hip-hop speak. Good stuff. We see his love for his daughter Stella, the admiration of his fellow musicians Elton John, Pete Townsend and Eric Clapton. The list of celebrities is long.
We get to experience a birds eye view of what happens when Paul appears on a street or what he goes through while riding in a limo. The adoration is genuine and endless....and his patience abounds.
Another cool aspect of the documentary is it being filmed in black and white, which gives it that "60's" feel. Albert Maysles doesn't fail with his lurking cameras and terrific editing.
While not a concert film at all, we see brief moments of the assembled doing their bit, from David Bowie to the Glimmer Twins, Mick and Keith.
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This documentary could've been a knockout. Legendary documentarian Albert Maysles tracking McCartney in NYC only weeks after 9/11 as the star prepares to headline the benefit show. For McCartney fans, there are some great nuggets here - including rehearsal footage and McCartney dealing with a rather pushy, opportunistic fan.

The problem is, this is mostly just a well-made, gritty-looking, black and white promotional piece. McCartney was pushing a new album at the time (one of his weakest ever, "Driving Rain") and he makes the usual stops to talk with press people such as Howard Stern and Dan Rather. None of this has any relation to his involvement in the Concert for NY. Very little of McCartney's interaction with the plethora of superstars that played the show is seen - and what is shown displays a McCartney overly preoccupied with his ditty "Freedom."

By the time the final half hour rolls around, it has devolved into an alternating pattern of: A) show a little backstage glad-handing, B) show a lo-res clip from the concert broadcast, repeat.

Also very curious: where is Heather Mills? She was McCartney's constant companion during this period and she is neither seen, nor heard, nor even mentioned. I realize McCartney, post-divorce and now remarried, probably wants to do nothing that will put her in the spotlight. But for Maysles - the 'fly on the wall' verite filmmaker - to agree to edit her out of the film seems like a compromise of his art.

There are no bonus features on this disc, which is a shame. The complete McCartney set from the big concert would've been a great bonus, as the official DVD release of the Concert for NY omits two songs McCartney played that night. Maybe rights from the VH-1 broadcast were an issue, if so some additional rehearsal footage would've been appreciated.
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