The Love We Make [Blu-ray]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Sir Paul McCartney was on the runway on 9\11 to return to England when the terrorism occurred. He ended up staying for the duration and this is the account of his time in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ellison
I am really glad that I can get a movie or show on line and watch them whenever I want on any of the computer’s and or kindle, android devises etc. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Michael
Ordered it when it first came out. Have been to Paul's concerts past 2 summers in Illinois. To see him cutting up on stage and also his reaction to emotional ties w/his past in The... Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Jamey K Edwards
This is a wonderful example of Paul's exemplary entertainment talent and it was so enjoyable to watch and listen to; a real treat for McCartney fans.Published on August 2, 2013 by ann marsh
I love Paul McCartney so anything he does cannot be bad. Recently saw him in concert and believe me the man still has it. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Brenda Capelle