Paul McCartney - Wingspan - An Intimate Portrait
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Wingspan is the inside story of how Paul and Linda McCartney dared to follow the Beatles with their rock band Wings. The story of Paul and Linda McCartney's early years together is intimately shared through series of candid conversation with their daughter, Mary. Home movies, family photos, and rare footage draw viewers into a very personal story of love and family. Combined with the against-all-odds success of Wings, Paul and Linda prove that there is life after The Beatles. 90 minutes.
Paul McCartney's account of his second famous rock band only glosses over his personal and professional life during the 1970s, clocking in at 88 minutes. Still, choice footage and photographs, along with a McCartney interview by daughter Mary interspersed throughout the program, make this an entertaining history of an often unfairly maligned group. Wingspan is also a valentine to McCartney's late wife, Linda, who was always by his side, in and out of Wings. On his insistence, Linda became part of the band, went on tour as nominal backup singer and keyboardist, and even sang lead on a song called "Cook of the House," which didn't endear her or Paul to feminists. The fact remains, though, that their marriage, which some pointed to as contributing to the Beatles' breakup, lasted far longer than either of Paul's bands. --Kevin FilipskiSee all Editorial Reviews
- 22 minutes of exclusive interview outtakes
- Exclusive performance footage: Jet/Rockestra/Let 'Em In
- In-depth discography of Paul McCartney and Wings
- 100-picture photo gallery, including many rarities
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Paul could have done more with "Wingspan" (in much the same way he could have done more with the CD release). It is clear that his intentions were not so much to tell the story about his band as they were to tell how he and Linda moved forward with their lives in the post-Beatles years (the 70's, that is).
Denny Lane and the others are given short shrift on 'Wingspan". The various members of Wings come and go, but the focus remains on Paul and Linda. Paul really doesn't say all that much about any of the other members. It would have been nice if, at the end of the documentary, the viewer was given a little info on "where are the former members of the band now?". A little tribute to the late Jimmy McCulloch would have been cool... etc., etc.
Now, if you are a Paul McCartney and Wings fan, you WILL find this entertaining and worthwhile. It just could have been much more. The extra interview out-takes are, for the most part, not all that exciting. However, you do get to hear Paul sing "Picasso's Last Words" to his daughter. That would have been enough as far as "out-takes".... and the three videos included are cool. Included are two performances from the "Wings Over America" tour, which begs the question:
Why the heck isn't "Rock Show" available on DVD yet????