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George Harrison: Living in the Material World

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Livinginthematerialworldposter.jpg
Promotional release poster
Directed byMartin Scorsese
Produced byOlivia Harrison
Martin Scorsese
Nigel Sinclair
StarringGeorge Harrison
CinematographyRobert Richardson
Martin Kenzie
Edited byDavid Tedeschi
Production
company
Grove Street Pictures
Spitfire Pictures
Sikelia Productions
Grove Street Productions
Distributed byHBO
Release date
  • 5 October 2011 (2011-10-05)
Running time
208 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a 2011 documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the life of George Harrison, musician and former member of the Beatles. It earned six nominations at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, winning two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Nonfiction Special. A companion book was released alongside the film, as well as an album of Harrison's demo recordings called Early Takes Volume 1.

The film currently holds an 86% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 37 professional reviews.[1]

Plot

The film follows musician George Harrison's story from his early life in Liverpool, the Beatlemania phenomenon, his travels to India, the influence of Krishna Consciousness movement in his music, and his relevance and importance as a member of the Beatles. It consists of previously unseen footage and interviews with Olivia and Dhani Harrison, friends, and many others.

Appearances

Production

After Harrison's death in 2001, various production companies approached his widow Olivia about producing a film about her late husband's life. She declined because he had wanted to tell his own life story through his video archive. Upon meeting Scorsese, she gave her blessings and signed on to the film project as a producer.

According to Scorsese, he was attracted to the project because "That subject matter has never left me...The more you're in the material world, the more there is a tendency for a search for serenity and a need to not be distracted by physical elements that are around you. His music is very important to me, so I was interested in the journey that he took as an artist. The film is an exploration. We don't know. We're just feeling our way through."[2]

Throughout 2008 and 2009, Scorsese alternated working between Shutter Island and the documentary. Scorsese, his editor David Tedeschi, and a small army of researchers spent five years assembling interviews, music, film clips, photos, and memorabilia.[3]

The documentary premièred at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool on 2 October 2011.[4] It was shown on HBO in two parts on 5 and 6 October 2011 in the United States and Canada[5][6] and as a two-part Arena special on BBC Two on 12 and 13 November 2011 in the United Kingdom.[7]

Deluxe Edition CD

All songs written by George Harrison, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Originally recorded forLength
1."My Sweet Lord (Demo)" All Things Must Pass3:33
2."Run of the Mill (Demo)" All Things Must Pass1:56
3."I'd Have You Anytime (Early Take)"Harrison, Bob DylanAll Things Must Pass3:06
4."Mama You've Been on My Mind (Demo)"DylanN/A3:04
5."Let It Be Me (Demo)"Gilbert Bécaud, Mann CurtisN/A2:56
6."Woman Don't You Cry for Me (Early Take)" Thirty Three & 1/32:44
7."Awaiting on You All (Early Take)" All Things Must Pass2:40
8."Behind That Locked Door (Demo)" All Things Must Pass3:29
9."All Things Must Pass (Demo)" All Things Must Pass4:48
10."The Light That Has Lighted the World (Demo)" Living in the Material World2:23
Total length:30:29

Book

Olivia Harrison authored an accompanying book, titled George Harrison: Living in the Material World and published by Abrams in 2011.[8][9] The book was edited by Mark Holborn and contains a foreword by Scorsese and an introduction by author and literary critic Paul Theroux.[10]

Awards

The documentary earned two Primetime Emmy Awards, Outstanding Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming for director Martin Scorsese. It also earned nominations for Outstanding Cinematography, Picture Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.[11]

References

  1. ^ "George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Carlick, Stephen (17 May 2010). "Martin Scorsese to Unveil George Harrison Documentary in 2011". Exclaim.ca. Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Hale, Mike (4 October 2011). "George Harrison Documentary From Martin Scorsese" – via NYTimes.com.
  4. ^ "Scorsese's George Harrison film gets Liverpool premiere". BBC News. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "George Harrison: Living In The Material World Official Trailer Is Released". thebeatles.com. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "George Harrison: Living In The Material World". HBO Canada. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "George Harrison: Living In The Material World". BBC. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ Rabey, Steve (9 October 2011). "George Harrison, 'Living In The Material World'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "George Harrison: Living in the Material World - in pictures". theguardian.com. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Harrison, Olivia (2011). George Harrison: Living in the Material World. New York, NY: Abrams. p. iii. ISBN 978-1-4197-0220-4.
  11. ^ "George Harrison: Living In The Material World Awards & Nominations". emmys.com. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 2012.

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