All This and World War II
|All This and World War II|
Promotional movie poster
|Directed by||Susan Winslow|
|Produced by||Sanford Lieberson
Martin J. Machat
|Edited by||Colin Berwick|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
All This and World War II is a 1976 musical documentary that juxtaposes Beatles songs, performed by a number of musicians, with World War II newsreel footage and 20th Century Fox films from the 1940s. It lasted two weeks in cinemas.
The film featured clips of the Army of the Third Reich, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Milton Berle, Humphrey Bogart, Richard Burton, Neville Chamberlain, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Clark Gable, Adolf Hitler, Bob Hope, Joseph P. Kennedy, Laurel and Hardy, James Mason, Benito Mussolini, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin and James Stewart, among others.
20th Century Fox asked Susan Winslow to direct with a budget of $1.3 million. Winslow had previously participated as a researcher in the crew that produced Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (directed by Philippe Mora) which married 1930s newsreel and mostly Warner Bros. movie footage to gramophone songs of the period.
Critics savaged the movie with gusto, audiences stayed away, and Fox promptly yanked the film from release. The reviewer in the New York Daily News wrote that the film's PG rating had to have stood for "Positively Ghastly". It appeared out of competition at Cannes in 1977, has occasionally been shown at film festivals, and even on American cable TV. On June 1, 2007 the film played a single midnight show at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles.
The film has never been officially released on home video or DVD, but bootleg copies of the film are available from several collector-to-collector resources. A fairly high quality transfer is also available as an unofficial DVD release.
|All This and World War II|
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
|Released||November 5, 1976|
|Label||Riva (UK), 20th Century (U.S.)|
|Singles from All This and World War II|
The original intention of the filmmakers was to use actual Beatles music in the film. The decision to use other artists covering Beatles music was made by the film's producers after they realised additional money could be made through a soundtrack album. The decision was a sound one, as the soundtrack actually generated more revenue than the film.
The album reached number 23 on the UK album charts, with a total of seven weeks on the chart  and number 48 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. Elton John’s rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", when previously released as a single in 1974, had been a number one hit. Rod Stewart’s version of "Get Back" was subsequently released and became a UK hit single. Ambrosia’s cover version of "Magical Mystery Tour" was released and became a US hit single reaching #39 on the Billboard Charts.
All songs by Lennon–McCartney.
- Barry Gibb – vocals
- Robin Gibb – vocals
- Maurice Gibb – vocals
- Nicky Hopkins – piano
- Les Hurdle – bass
- Barry Morgan – drums
- Ronnie Verrell – drums
- Wil Malone – orchestral arrangement
- Harry Rabinowitz – conductor
- David Measham - conductor
- List of artists who have covered the Beatles
- Across the Universe, a 2007 musical film that also used the concept of using Beatles songs to tell a story
- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a 1978 film featuring Bee Gees covers of Beatles songs
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- "Top 200 Albums". Billboard. 1977-01-01. Retrieved 2017-06-07.