Ringo Starr Calls “Get Back” Film “Six Hour Masterpiece”

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Like a legion of Beatles fans across the globe, Ringo Starr eagerly awaits the final version of The Beatles: Come Back, the documentary of three episodes and six hours the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit director Peter Jackson talks about the band So be it recording sessions. But Starr also has an indoor track.

“We’re still hanging out,” Starr told reporters at a virtual press conference to promote his new EP, Change the world, it comes out tomorrow. “Peter still does. He’s locked in New Zealand because of the pandemic. Now the documentary is… a little longer now. It’s great. Peter Jackson is our hero. He did a great job. . I love it, but I’m in it, of course, so six hours is never enough. “

Speaking with UCR afterwards, Starr adds, “Peter Jackson has taken control, and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts. It’s now a six hour masterpiece.… There are so many moments in it. the whole documentary, in the whole making. We keep looking for the hobbits around the corner. “(The Beatles were allowed to make a movie out of JRR Tolkien’s famous books and approached Stanley Kubrick to direct it, but could not do so.)

Starr says that while To recover is still going on, he’s seen a lot of the 55 hours of unused footage shot for the original. So be it documentary in 1969 that Jackson had on hand. “Peter would come to LA, bring me stuff to show on his iPhone: ‘Look, we found this!'”, He notes. “We’re laughing, we’re having fun. It’s awesome.”

Watch a preview of “The Beatles: Get Back”

Starr is particularly eager to change the narrative of those January 1969 sessions from the downer that was So be it to something more representative of what happened during this nearly month-long process. “I was always complaining about the original,” Starr explains.

“There isn’t really any joy in that. [Get Back]has the beginning, the middle, the end. The beginning is very slow, then we get started, and then we are there. Then we went out. I think everyone will appreciate it because you will see this group working very hard. We’ve been through emotional ups and downs and got to where we were every time, but that’s how it was. Four guys in a room, you’re going to have your ups and downs. “

One of the surprising twists and turns, he says, came after the legendary argument between Paul McCartney and George Harrison, when Harrison left the group for a few days. “When we realized George was gone, we played like a heavy metal band,” Starr reveals. “It was so, like, gross, gross, gross. … Our reaction was, ‘Get that shit out!’ I like this. It’s just that we are us. And we had a singer girl [Yoko Ono] at the time.

“We had our ups and downs, but even around it all – what you’ll see with the Peter Jackson edit – we had fun, which [Let It Be] never showed up, joy, jokes and yelling at each other. That’s what four guys do. I keep saying this: four guys in a room, there is a lot of joy. “

Fans are especially delighted to see The Beatles’ legendary final live performance on the roof of Apple Corps headquarters in London on January 30, 1969, in its entirety. Starr is also thrilled to finally have this streak.

“From January 5 to the end of January – in a month, we had made a record and we had made a record,” he recalls. “On the roof was so awesome, and we played it live again. There’s a great song in the [footage] for me. Paul says, ‘Who wants to play live?’ and you can hear me in the background saying “Yes. And we did.

“Always the Beatles, we were going to Turkey and somewhere, or we go up Everest or we will be in a desert, in Hawaii, we will go to the volcano. Damn – ‘Let’s cross the road’ or ‘Let’s do it on the roof ! ‘ And that’s what we did, and it’s awesome. The police played a huge role – not that they did anything, but they complained about us. It sounds really silly. in the movie. “

The Beatles: Come Back premieres November 25 on Disney +. It will be preceded by a To recover book on October 12 and So be it special anniversary editions and box set three days later.

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