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Good Ol' Freda 2013

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Freda Kelly was the Beatles devoted secretary and friend from the beginning, witnessing their rise to stardom and eventual breakup. This revealing doc shares her amazing stories about the band for the very first time.

Starring:
Freda Kelly, John Lennon
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Genres Music, Documentary
Director Ryan White
Starring Freda Kelly, John Lennon
Supporting actors Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Angie McCartney, Billy Kinsley, Tony Barrow, Pete Best, Billy Hatton, Rachel Norris, Elsie Starkey, Joey Bower, Linda McCartney, June Underwood, Niall Norris
Studio Magnolia
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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(HERE'S A LIST OF WHAT COMES WITH THIS PRODUCT.) I am NOT associated nor friends with any of the film's makers nor with the distributor of this Blu-ray / DVD.

* On August 10, 2013, "Good Ol' Freda" was screened at the Fest for Beatles Fans at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago. Although the film made its world premiere in March 2013 at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival in Austin, Texas - the screening in Chicago was the first in front of a huge audience of Fab Four fans, many who traveled thousands of miles to attend, including former Beatles' Fan Club Secretary Freda Kelly herself.

* Director Ryan White's pitch when he approached the surviving Beatles and their wives through their executives at Apple Records was straight-forward: "This is a film about a woman named Freda Kelly who never sold out the Beatles." Translation: If you're looking for a kiss-and-tell documentary about the dirty laundry involving the world's most popular rock and roll band - look elsewhere.

* FEATURE FILM (86 minutes): "Good Ol' Freda" feels like a product approved by the Beatles and released by Apple (even though Magnolia Entertainment is its distributor). It is not a traditional tabloid-style-exposé that critics demand before they anoint it with showers of praise. Instead, the film's appeal has everything to do with the adorability of blue-eyed, brown-haired Freda herself - and her almost pathological, 50-year-aversion to talking about the Beatles. It boasts a killer soundtrack filled with Beatles songs and other material licensed from Apple (stuff that is near impossible for outsiders to obtain), along with images previously never seen.
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I watched this at The Fest For Beatles Fans in Chicago before its release. Freda was there, too, and it was awesome! It's amazing how she has kept so private all these years and I really admire her fierce loyalty to the Beatles and their privacy. She told about her weekly visits with Ringo's mother, who became like a mother to her. We get an insight into Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, and how he hand-picked Freda at only 17 to take care of the boys. What a fascinating 10+ years that must have been! Best Beatles-related movie I've ever seen.
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I will start by saying I'm a huge Beatles fan.
And like most huge Beatles fans I've watched many documentaries, good and bad, about them.
And just when I thought I had seen it all comes this breath of fresh air.
A true gem.
Amazing to see the rise of the group from a humble perspective.
A MUST see!
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Format: Blu-ray
First, an important caution when reading reviews of this product. Amazon has a policy of grouping all reviews of all formats of a film (theater, Amazon Instant DVD, BD) together. As I submit this review there are already 23 reviews posted, only one of which is of the DVD or Bluray. So, I always suggest to look to see which product is being reviewed and to look for the date of the review. That will guide you best. Now on to my review of the Bluray.

Of the thousands of reviews I’ve written for Amazon I’ve rarely – if ever – felt that there was another review of a product that covered practically everything one could say about it. But after reading David Kusumoto’s review of the Bluray/DVD release of this film, I have to send you there for a thorough and well-written review. I’ll try to add a few more facts and my take on the film and the package.

“Good Ol’ Freda” started making the film festival circuit in early 2013 and played at the WXPN Music Film Festival in Philadelphia in April 2013. I missed that one shot chance to catch it, but heard great things from friends and was anxious for the home video release. Magnolia films has been making a name for itself in releasing music related documentaries (“Muscle Shoals” was also at the April WXPN festival – and I did catch it and it’s great – and Magnolia will be releasing it in January (hopefully with lots of bonuses). But back to Freda.

As David pointed out in his review, there is a wonderful commentary track that reveals more stories than are shone in the film. But, remember that Freda was a loyal dedicated secretary for 11 years (one year LONGER than the Beatles were together as a band) and no real secrets are revealed.
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Good Ol' Freda is simply amazing. Freda has kept these secrets for 50 years. She could have profited and became rich but instead remained loyal to those around her. A wonderful person with a wonderful story. A must see even for the casual fan of Beatlemania.
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I can't imagine any Beatles fan not simply loving this warm little film from opening to closing credits... especially if you're old enough to remember as a kid seeing Freda's name all the time, even here in the States. If you're of a certain age, you'll feel it as well as see it.

What impressed me most is how one goes into the film expecting yet another Beatles documentary, but ending up so tremendously taken with the woman herself. To have been at the very center of the pop universe for a decade and come out of it as such a humble and unpretentious person is endlessly impressive. You just want to hug her.

And it's so evocative of Liverpool, a place all Beatle people should visit. Equally as distinctive a community of people as Cockneys, you'll see immediately where the Beatles' humor came from.

Highly, highly recommended... and for those of us who remember seeing them on the Ed Sullivan show, surprisingly emotional in a very sweet way...

Buy it, because the extra of Freda's appearance at a Beatles convention is heartwarming. Very special.

A knockout of a film, it really is.
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