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Let It Be

G Released May 13, 1970 1h 28m Documentary Music List
81% Tomatometer 54 Reviews 87% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Initially slated to be a television documentary about the Beatles in the studio, this film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, instead captures the writing and recording of their penultimate album, "Let It Be." After the dense complexity of "The White Album," Paul McCartney wants to return to basics with the next offering. However, tensions within the band are high and quickly become frayed in the studio. The film ends with a rooftop concert in London, the last live show from the group. Read More Read Less Watch on Disney+ Stream Now

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So close and yet so far away from The Beatles as their union sunsets in real time, Let It Be observes the band from a chilly remove but gives audiences a valuable peek into their artistic process.

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Martin Robinson London Evening Standard Let It Be is suddenly a joy. Everything is here: the love as well as the strife, the incredible detail of their songwriting, and the daftness that was intrinsic to the band and helped oil the wheels of everything. Rated: 4/5 May 15, 2024 Full Review Wendy Ide Observer (UK) At the very least it’s a fascinating historical document. However, the fly on the wall songbook approach is draggy and repetitive... Rated: 3/5 May 12, 2024 Full Review Richard Brody New Yorker For all the troubles the movie reveals, it’s nonetheless a joyful compendium of creative energy. May 10, 2024 Full Review Jennifer Green Common Sense Media Ultraman: Rising follows on many prior iterations of the classic Japanese character... Its creators hit just the right tone for a story that's ultimately about finding your place and caring for others. Jun 27, 2024 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …a rather sour backwards look at the dying embers of the world’s most beloved band… Rated: 3/5 Jun 2, 2024 Full Review Michael J. Casey Boulder Weekly There’s a beauty in the containment of "Let It Be": Just one month and a dozen or so songs crammed into 80 minutes of magic. Rated: 3.5/5 May 30, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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Yakking With F Let It Be had not been officially available on home video since the 1980s, . i give it the new version a 6 of 10 on Disney+ my dad saw it in the cinemas in the 1980s before it went out of print on VHS Betamax LaserDisc the movie runtime is 1 hour and 20 minutes Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/11/24 Full Review Ranny L The beauty and creative process of one of the greatest bands ever is captured in Let it Be, a documentary filmed 50 years ago that gives the audience an intimate look at the interactions of the band members. It also includes the rehearsals behind what was the very last live performance ever from the four geniuses of Liverpool: The Beatles. This is an essential testimony for music lovers that I enjoyed in every aspect. Not only is it a piece of history, but it is also a delightful music video in a longer format. Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney stopped touring in 1966. They focused on solo careers, but after a three-year hiatus, they got back together to record some new songs and a final album. Let it Be was produced by filmmaker Peter Jackson, who produced The Beatles: Get Back, the docuseries of almost eight hours that previously aired on Disney+ in 2022. The Beatles: Get Back: The Rooftop Concert is a film that had a theatrical release in January 2022 and then on BluRay and DVD in July of the same year. Let it Be is a condensed experience that combines rare footage of the musicians recording studio with the famous rooftop concert in around 80 minutes, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg who also directed music videos for The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. It premiered in 1970 and won an Oscar for Best Music and Original Song Score, and a Grammy for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special. This is the first time in years that the documentary is available for audiences after Jackson recovered and restored damaged 16mm footage. The documentary portrays the creative process and shows how, despite the disagreements the band members had, they speak in a common language when they play their instruments. We see the tension, the laughs, the joy, and the balance they kept as a band. It is interesting to watch the musicians in their mid-to-late 20s, coming together and working in the studio together, sometimes accompanied by their wives and children. My favorite part is when The Beatles sing “Besame Mucho,” an iconic bolero written in 1932 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velasquez which is the song the band recorded as an audition at EMI in 1962. The film’s message is that music is a universal language and makes people come together, from the joy of a group of musicians playing to the profound effect in audiences that gather together and form an instant bond. I give Let it Be 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages12 to 18, plus adults. Let it Be is now streaming on Disney+. By Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/15/24 Full Review Audience Member I'm a huge Beatle fan, and I've been one since December 1963, so as much as I hate to say this, but this is "reality tv" of the heavily edited kind. Plus, it's boring. The trailers are far more entertaining than this "documentary". Again, I love the Beatles. Don't love this film. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member I meant this for the 2021 documentary. This documentary is a fascinating look into the group's last phase. It corrects the historical record as to the relationship within the band and dispels the previous version that showed this period as totally acrimonious. It also showcased the creative genius behind this band, showing Paul creating "Get Back" from a relentless jam. It also showed that George discussing his solo ambitions with John (and Yoko, who we learn was not the instigator of the breakup). George still held out the belief he could release this album separately and still be a part of the Beatles. This documentary's brilliance is that not only is it a look back but a guide to aspiring artists as to how to deal with competing pressures, deadlines, and internal strife, and still overcome these and create great work. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member It's fascinating if you are interested in the musical creative process, or the most famous band in the world or one of the seminal moments in music history. Mostly the film has a miserable undercurrent with the famous Paul and George row and generally no-one looking too happy. But there are bright spots which shine even brighter because of the context, in particular the jamming of Octopuses Garden. The rooftop concert is absolutely fantastic, all these people in 70s fashion and E-type jags driving around. I had no idea the police came and stopped it although the Beatles were on their 2nd rendition of Get back. Sounded fantastic and looked like they were enjoying it, so another bright spot. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member As tremendously sad as it is to watch these friendships and this band break up, to see Paul flail desperately as he tries to keep them together and going, his efforts in effect pushing them further away and apart, to feel George's barely contained frustration and John's obvious boredom along with them, to admire Ringo's warmth and forbearance through it all, the little insights that the fly-on-the-wall documentary gives into their creative process, how it captures gods at their most vulnerable, and the undeniable joy of that final rooftop concert make for a bittersweet final bow. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Initially slated to be a television documentary about the Beatles in the studio, this film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, instead captures the writing and recording of their penultimate album, "Let It Be." After the dense complexity of "The White Album," Paul McCartney wants to return to basics with the next offering. However, tensions within the band are high and quickly become frayed in the studio. The film ends with a rooftop concert in London, the last live show from the group.
Director
Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Producer
Neil Aspinall
Distributor
United Artists
Rating
G
Genre
Documentary, Music
Original Language
English (United Kingdom)
Release Date (Theaters)
May 13, 1970, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
May 8, 2024
Runtime
1h 28m
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