SYNOPSIS: The authorized biography of Lennon, narrated by himself.
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Revisiting your youth (assuming you are over 50), and learning all the little things you didn’t know.
PROS AND CONS: A fascinating film that chronicles Lennon’s life from infancy to his death, narrated by Lennon himself.
There is a lot of archival footage here that I had never seen before which made me come to the conclusion that the lives of the Beatles from 1962 onward was chronicled in great detail on film and cinema, well before the age of digital media.
What you walk away with is the portrait of a man who was fascinating and deeply disturbed by the hypocrisy and insanity of modern society. He was also someone that had more talent than I can ever imagine.
SYNOPSIS: A newspaper schemes to entrap a young heiress who is suing the paper for libel.
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Farce / Fantasy in the late 1930s. The early romantic comedy genre.
PROS AND CONS: What I have learned from watching a lot of pre-WWII cinema, is what was real and what was fantasy. This is fantasy for the masses at the end of the great depression.
Newspapers were considered the nexus of modern society, wielding great power before the rise of radio and the internet. So to the average yocal in the sticks, this would have been like watching a nuclear drill at NORAD.
A hidden Easter Egg in this Laserdisc is a short entitled “La Fiesta de Santa Barbara”. This is nothing more than a somewhat campy studio promotional film where all the stars are highlighted along with some dance numbers.