Interview Peter Jackson made the nearly eight-hour documentary The Beatles and was then surprised by the reaction of the band members

Directed by Peter Jackson, the three-part documentary The Beatles: Get Back will be released on Disney + this week. In the interview, the director told Muropaket about the background of his latest documentary.

Tunderstand the lord of the rings known as a director Peter Jackson has excelled in recent years as a restorer of old documentary material. In 2019, he worked handsome on World War I video material and soundtracks They Shall Not Grow Old -document.

Now it’s time for something completely different, as Jackson has made a three-part documentary series about The Beatles based on material filmed in 1969. The Beatles: Get Back shows when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are planning their first live performance in two years and are working on 14 new songs to be released as a live album. The documentary shows – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles ’last live concert, which was performed on the roof of a house on London’s Savile Row.

The cereal pack was followed by an interview in which Jackson opened the background to his documentary, told about the process of making it, and about his own relationship with the band, which began in the 1970s.

– I’m definitely a Beatles fan. I was born in 1961, so I was alive at the time they released their records. However, we did not have any of them at home. But in the early ’70s, I saved my pocket money and bought the first LP of my life, which was a collection from the Beatles. That’s where my journey as a Beatles fan began and has continued to this day.

According to Jackson, the author of The Beatles: Get Back is a bit forced to be a fan of the band, because there was so much material to deal with. He says there were about 150 hours of audio recordings alone, because the recording was on practically all the time at that time.

– The film was more expensive than the audio tape, so the recorders were only allowed to spin, even though the cameras were closed from time to time. I felt like I was eavesdropping on these conversations from 1969. The story is told a lot through the soundtrack, which is why I, like the CIA, felt like I was listening to the conversations more than 50 years ago. But because I’m a Beatles fan, I was able to understand the nuances of the conversations and the different meanings of the little things they talk about.

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The material Peter Jackson now gets his hands on is the same as what Michael Lindsay-Hogg directed Let It Be documentary in 1970. There was more than 50 hours of video footage in total, which is why much of the documentary Jackson is now working on contains completely unprecedented material that has been in stock for more than 50 years. In addition, the story now features filmmaker Lindsay-Hogg as one of the characters.

– Michael tried to capture as much material as possible in secret, because when a person sees a camera pointing at himself, he becomes a different person than he really is. So Michael tried to photograph the band when they didn’t know they were being photographed. In it, the camera then recorded for itself 10 minutes of enough film at a time. He also hid the microphones around him.

Although some of the original material has been described in secret, all of this had the consent of the band itself. The band members knew that everything they were saying might be recorded and it was just okay for them.

“When they wanted to talk in peace at times, they could put the amps loud to cover their conversation and rattle the guitar. But with the help of modern technology, we were able to separate that guitar from other voices and private conversations. Maybe it was a little naughty.

One such scene is the only time McCartney asks Lindsay-Hogg to stop shooting and turn off the camera. Jackson says that even then, the private conversation that took place during that time was still recorded on the soundtrack.

According to Jackson, the documentary now being released is the first time the Beatles have been seen as their own. Although a lot of video material has been published about them over the years, all of it has been mainly material about appearances. In the secretly filmed and recorded materials, real people get behind the classical hits.

– In the end, they are just ordinary people. We’re so used to thinking of the Beatles as a whole, but behind it were four different personalities, all of whom react differently to crises. Here they are seen as four independent people, just like any four people.

Jackson says he showed his own ensemble to the band’s surviving members and expected them to make requests for change. However, none of this was heard.

– How long does it take for something to become history? I got the impression that they were no longer worried about their image. I showed them the finished material and thought I would get comments, and I wouldn’t have been at all angry about that, that’s just normal. But I didn’t get a single change request. No one demanded anything at all. I was very surprised.

– In fact, Paul comments that he thinks the documentary I am making now is a surprisingly accurate description of what they were like at the time. I was very happy about it, because I tried hard not to distort things and present them as I saw them, but when there is 150 hours of material, it needs to be condensed.

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Technologically, Peter Jackson says the biggest breakthrough came with the sounds, as they managed to separate all the instruments and songs from their old, mono-recorded audio tapes into their own tracks. Although the more than 50-year-old material shot on the 16-millimeter film was very granular, it was still easy to work with compared to Jackson’s previous project with World War I material.

Originally, one film, about two and a half hours long, was planned from Jackson’s Beatles documentary. However, Jackson says the fan woke up to him as he went through the material, which is why the documentary is now being released through three full-length episodes of the film.

– I didn’t want to think about the length of the film, because I also didn’t want anything we left out to be in storage again for the next 50 years.

The Beatles: Get Back will be released on consecutive days on Disney + on this schedule:

Thursday, November 25th
The Beatles: Get Back, Episode 1 (duration 157 minutes)

Friday, November 26th
The Beatles: Get Back, Episode 2 (duration 173 minutes)

Saturday, November 27th
The Beatles: Get Back, Episode 3 (duration 138 minutes)

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