New documentary gives a new look at making of the Beatles’ ‘Get Back’ album

Just when you think Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon’s life story has been told to death, along comes the Beatles: Get Back. A documentary on the making of the band’s well-known album from 1968, Get Back , paints a much, much different story than has been widely told.

Produced by filmmaker John Wallace, Get Back focuses mainly on the three originals, but also includes extensive interviews with their manager Brian Epstein, electric guitar wizard George Harrison, co-founder of the record label Parlophone EMI Malcolm Chapman, and the film’s star, Lennon’s ex-wife Yoko Ono. Interviews with Martin Scorsese, Brian Eno, and others, including actress Ursula Andress, appear in the film as well.

Anyone who saw The Beatles: Eight Days a Week will remember Yoko Ono and the film “Decca vs. Apple” as being a battle. But Wallace says he has gotten much closer to Ono and her relationship with the Beatles throughout the course of the film’s production.

“In the documentary, I’m not trying to romanticize or romanticize the relationship between Yoko and the Beatles,” Wallace told The New York Times. “I don’t argue with her about that. I’m simply telling her story from her point of view. She still hasn’t accepted it.”

Get Back debuts in theaters on Friday, and will be available on HBO following its release. The film also features testimonials from the surviving members of the Beatles themselves, such as McCartney and Starr.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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