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What's the best Beatles documentary?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I like most of the Beatles music I've heard, and I've always wanted to learn more about the band and the impact they had on the music industry and popular culture.

Which documentary best combines their music with old footage and solid narration to tell their history?
post #2 of 14
Beatles Anthology
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Beatles Anthology
And, with that, we can close the thread.
post #4 of 14
If you don't have 11 hours to spend on Anthology, The Compleat Beatles does a great job of covering the highlights. Plus it's narrated by Malcolm McDowell.
post #5 of 14
The US vs John Lennon is worth a watch, even though it's obviously Lennon-centric.
post #6 of 14
If you can track down a copy of Let It Be, it's pretty interesting for obvious historical reasons.
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Thread Starter 
I was reading about the Compleat Beatles. Didn't realise the anthology was so highly regarded either.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Didn't realise the anthology was so highly regarded either.
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It's one of the best and most ambitious of its kind ever made.

(Best Rock documentary ever tho is 25 x 5: The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones--where's that DVD?)
post #9 of 14
Anthology can feel a little sanitized and airbrushed due to its official nature, but its archival footage is unmatched.
post #10 of 14
The Anthology is great. There's plenty of embarrassing interviews with Macca where he tries to replicate human emotions.

"Whenever I think of Hey Jude... I think of John... get a little emotional..."

*nervously looks off-camera to try and guage opinions as to whether he looks sincere or not*

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It's one of the best and most ambitious of its kind ever made.

(Best Rock documentary ever tho is 25 x 5: The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones--where's that DVD?)
I once rented that Stones documentary on VHS, and when I went back a few weeks later to get it again, it had vanished from the store! The highlight was when the huge inflatable penis popped up out of the stage and Jagger straddled over it. God, those guys were fucking savages. I just wish the doco covered the delightful moment in the 70s when Bill Wyman hid under a bed while his wife was raped by a home invader!
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(Best Rock documentary ever tho is 25 x 5: The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones--where's that DVD?)
Preferably with Cocksucker Blues on the bonus disk.
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Preferably with Cocksucker Blues on the bonus disk.
I think 25x5 contains an excerpt from COCKSUCKER BLUES. I think it depicted Keith lifting a woman up onto his shoulders and eating her out while he's standing up.
post #13 of 14
yeah but trust me, the whole film is a must see.
post #14 of 14

The best and most complete documentary out there is called "the Beatles. The days in their life." It's about 25 hours long. It's not cheap. I payed $139.00

But it starts off talking about Liverpool and the kind of town it was. Then he talks about the kids and the music that they liked. One of those kids was names John Winston Lennon. So now you know who started it all. then when they finally get together and start making album, it goes through every song on every album and you find out how they came up with it. John was trying to come up with an idea for a song but couldn't. He went into another room, laid down on a couch and laid down, upset with his inability to create. He started to think of himself as a nowhere man. And the lyrics came. Interesting stuff. And they play the whole song, not just a few seconds with the narrator talking over.

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