George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

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Martin Scorsese's take on the “quiet” but arguably the most interesting Beatle.

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United States of America
Documentary, Music
Billy Preston, Bob Dylan, Brian Epstein
208 min

What it's about

Director Martin Scorsese profiles former Beatle George Harrison in this reverent portrait that mixes interviews and archival footage, featuring commentary from the likes of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.

The take

Living in the Material World tells the story of one of the most influential musicians of recent history, the “quiet Beatle” George Harrison. It is, in turn, told through the eyes of one of the most prominent filmmakers of recent history, the always amazing Martin Scorsese. Famous for his feature films, Scorsese has been a champion of documentary films and an avid maker of them. Drawing on archive footage, home movies, and many newly recorded interviews, including with Paul and Ringo, Eric Clapton, Phil Spector, and Terry Gilliam, he tells the complete story – and this is to be taken quite literally – of an indeed quiet, torn, and searching human being as well as an immensely talented, inspiring, and spiritual artist. This heart-felt and intimate 3.5-hour documentary is an awe-inspiring exploration of Harrison's time with The Beatles as well as his subsequent solo career as a musician and as a philanthropist. In case you had your mind made up on who's your favorite Beatle, Scorsese might make you rethink.


Everyone shpuld watch this film, even if you’re a John Paul or Ringo fan. This is truly lovely and it includes so much i formation,goull learn something new!!

I was (am),a George fan, and its glorious to behold!! You can still catch Paul or Ringo on late night chat shows, but this is special & unique. It broughtback so many memories from 1962 onforward. and it filled in a lot of blanks.

Wish Martin Scorseze ( sp??) Would also do one on John, and as time progresses Paul & Ringo. MRtin, you’d better plan to live a long timr!! Im counting on you!!

Rent or buy this film you’ll want to see it again. It was also very niceto see Olivia & Dhanni.

Good work!!

This doc will make George your favorite Beatle, if he wasn’t already.

I watched this as “part 1” and “part 2”. I could have watched it in 5 parts and it would have still been amazing. So don’t be deterred by its long runtime. It’s probably the best portrayal in a documentary of any artist…ever.

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