Peter Jackson finally finished his deep dive into Beatles vault footage from their mad rush to finish “Let It Be,” the album and a TV special meant to accompany it.
“Get Back” was the album’s ethos, getting the quarrelsome band back to their way of working under a deadline, a unifying “pressure” guiding them, according to Beatles historians, mostly quoting Paul McCartney. They even had roughed out a different LP with that as the title tune, and scrapped some of that as “Let It Be” shaped up in the sessions, filmed for a TV special.
Candid composition footage, rehearsal footage, arguments, jokes, and evey now and then a hint that they’re making their swan song. They broke up when the album came out.
This series was, as originally pitched by Jackson, a single film to be released theatrically.
Now it’s a three part series “event” meaning he’ll get to use more footage. Probably cut down on his editing it into a theatrical cut, too.
Nov. 25, Beatlemania streams on Disney +.