The Compleat Beatles

The Compleat Beatles

Infobox Film
name =The Compleat Beatles

imdb_id =0083752
writer = David Silver (writer)
narrator = Malcolm McDowell
starring = George Martin Marianne Faithfull
Bruce Johnston
Billy J. Kramer
Gerry Marsden
Billy Preston
Tony Sheridan
director =Patrick Montgomery
producer =Patrick Montgomery,
Stephanie Bennett
music =The Beatles
distributor =MGM
released =1984
runtime =119 min.
language =English
movie_series =
awards =
budget =

"The Compleat Beatles", released in 1984, is a two-hour documentary, chronicling the career of the "Fab Four". [ [ IMDB-Title] ] Though it has since been supplanted by the longer and more in-depth documentary "Beatles Anthology", "The Compleat Beatles" was for many years largely regarded as the definitive source of information on the Beatles.

Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, it included extensive interviews with a number of sources close to the Beatles, including producer George Martin, their first manager Allan Williams, music writer Bill Harry, and musicians Gerry Marsden, Billy J. Kramer, Marianne Faithfull, Billy Preston, and Tony Sheridan, as well as early concert footage, behind-the-scenes background on the making of their albums, and candid footage of their often obsessed, hysterical fans.

Directed by Patrick Montgomery [ [ IMDB-Montgomery] ] , the film was produced by Delilah Films and released by MGM/UA. It enjoyed a brief theatrical release in 1984.

Quotations from the film

"It wasn't their music which sold them to me, it was their charm. They were a charming people."--George Martin.

“They generally wrote their own songs…they would play them, one to the other…It was very much a competition, and a very healthy one.”--George Martin

“At the moment they were being given a philosophy in which they could live their lives as individuals, at that very second, (manager Brian Epstein) died. The one who wanted them to be as a group.”--Marianne Faithfull

Narration in the film

"These are extracts from the narration in the film - read (but not written) by Malcolm McDowell"

"The weary faces on the cover of the next British LP, "Beatles for Sale", showed that Beatlemania was taking its toll."

"Magical Mystery Tour"…was their first venture following Brian’s death. Largely a project of Paul’s, the idea was to travel the English countryside in a bus filled with friends, actors and circus freaks, and to film whatever happened. Unfortunately, nothing did."

"It had to be stoically accepted that the Beatles were, in the end, a phenomenon of the Sixties; the Seventies, and beyond, were only to feel their influence."


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