Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas) has always had a penchant for the rockumentary. In 1978, he directed The Last Waltz featuring the farewell concert of The Band — a film later called “the greatest rock concert movie ever made.” Then, after a hiatus, Scorsese returned to music again, shooting No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) and Shine a Light, a tribute to the Rolling Stones, in 2008.
If you’re tackling Dylan and the Stones, then why not go for the trifecta and bring your cinematic talents to bear on The Beatles? And so it shall be. On October 5th and 6th, HBO will air George Harrison: Living in the Material World, a two-part documentary dedicated to the Beatle who long played in the shadow of John and Paul. Scorsese’s latest film will feature unseen archival materials and interviews with Paul, Ringo, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Terry Gilliam, Phil Spector and others. It will also be co-released with a 400-page hardcover book written by Olivia Harrison, which uses photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia to trace the arc of George’s life. Can hardly wait. H/T Wired
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