George Harrison: Living in the Material World
|George Harrison: Living in the Material World|
Initial release poster, used in adverts
|Directed by||Martin Scorsese|
|Produced by||Olivia Harrison
|Editing by||David Tedeschi|
|Running time||208 min|
George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a 2011 documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the life of Beatles member George Harrison. It has earned six nominations at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, winning two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming.
The film follows music legend George Harrison's story from his early life in Liverpool, the Beatlemania phenomenon, his travels to India, the influence of Indian culture in his music, and his relevance and importance as a member of The Beatles. It consists of previously unseen footage and interviews with Olivia and Dhani Harrison, friends, and many others.
- Neil Aspinall
- John Barham
- Jane Birkin
- Pattie Boyd
- Eric Clapton
- Ray Cooper
- Terry Gilliam
- Mukunda Goswami
- Dhani Harrison
- Olivia Harrison
- Harry Harrison
- Irene Harrison
- Louise Harrison
- Pauline Harrison
- Peter Harrison
- Damon Hill
- Eric Idle
- Arthur Kelly
- Jim Keltner
- Astrid Kirchherr
- Paul Lanzanic
- Jeff Lynne
- George Martin
- Paul McCartney
- Gary Moore
- Gordon Murray
- Yoko Ono
- Tom Petty
- Billy Preston
- Ken Scott
- Ravi Shankar
- Phil Spector
- Ringo Starr
- Jackie Stewart
- Joan Taylor
- Klaus Voormann
- Gary Wright
After Harrison's death in 2001, various production companies approached his widow Olivia about producing a film about her late husband's life. She declined because he wished to tell his own life story through his video archive. Upon meeting 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."
Throughout 2008 and 2009, Scorsese alternated working between Shutter Island and the documentary.
The documentary premièred at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool on 2 October 2011. It was shown on HBO in two parts on 5 and 6 October 2011 in the US and Canada and as a two part Arena special on BBC Two on 12 and 13 November 2011 in the UK.
Deluxe Edition CD
All songs written by George Harrison, except where noted.
- "My Sweet Lord" (Demo) – 3:33
- "Run of the Mill" (Demo) – 1:56
- "I'd Have You Anytime" (Early Take) (George Harrison, Bob Dylan) – 3:06
- "Mama, You've Been on My Mind" (Demo) (Bob Dylan) – 3:04
- "Let It Be Me" (Demo) (Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë) – 2:56
- "Woman Don't You Cry for Me" (Early Take) – 2:44
- "Awaiting on You All" (Early Take) – 2:40
- "Behind That Locked Door" (Demo) – 3:29
- "All Things Must Pass" (Demo) – 4:38
- "The Light That Has Lighted the World" (Demo) – 2:23
The documentary earned two Primetime Emmy Awards, one for Outstanding Nonfiction Special and the other for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming for director Martin Scorsese. It also earned nominations for Outstanding Cinematography, Picture Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.
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- "George Harrison: Living In The Material World Official Trailer Is Released". thebeatles.com. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- "George Harrison: Living In The Material World". HBO Canada. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
- "George Harrison: Living In The Material World". BBC. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "George Harrison: Living In The Material World Awards & Nominations". emmys.com. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- George Harrison: Living in the Material World at the Internet Movie Database
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- George Harrison: Living in the Material World at Rotten Tomatoes