30 December 2011
Director: Martin Scorsese
210 minutes, 2011
After George Harrison's death in 2001, his widow Olivia was approached with several offers by various production companies wanting to produce a film about her late husband's life, but she declined due to his wish to tell his own life story through his video archive. Upon meeting "Martin Scorsese", she gave her blessings and signed on to the film project as a producer.
According to Scorsese, he was attracted to the project because "That subject matter has never left me...The more you're in the material world, the more there is a tendency for a search for serenity and a need to not be distracted by physical elements that are around you. His music is very important to me, so I was interested in the journey that he took as an artist. The film is an exploration. We don't know. We're just feeling our way through".
Actually it is the name of a "George Harrison" solo album from 1973 – characteristically concerned with Asian spirituality – and now the title of "Martin Scorsese"'s new film: an enormously affectionate, enthusiastic, and wildly indulgent three-and-a-half hour docu-tribute to Harrison. With new interviews with key figures including "Paul McCartney", "Ringo Starr" and "George Martin", Scorsese's movie sets out to cherish and rediscover that special something in Harrison's music and his gentle, self-deprecating, otherworldly personality.