Trailering Living in the Material World

Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison doc, Living in the Material World (HBO, Oct. 5 and 6), premieres at Telluride this weekend. It beautifully introduces the spiritual journey that encompassed Harrison’s musical and cinematic life. He was always the soft, sensitive, enigmatic Beatle — and yet his career as exec producer  (The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits) should also be revealing. The doc is lensed by Robert Richardson (Shutter Island) and edited by David Tedeschi (No Direction Home, Shine a Light). Christian Kontis did digital restoration.

As previously reported, the doc makes use of archival home movies, personal photos, and concert footage to tell the story of the legendary rocker and spiritual seeker. In addition to material provided by Harrison’s widow Olivia Harrison, there are interviews with Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr, and Jackie Stewart.

“Like so many millions of people, I first came to know George through the music, which was the soundtrack of our world,” Scorsese, who also directed No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, said in a press statement. “So when I was offered the chance to make this picture, I jumped at it.  Spending time with Olivia, interviewing so many of George’s closest friends, reviewing all that footage, some of it never seen before, and listening to all of that magnificent music — it was a joy, and an experience I’ll always treasure.”

Indeed, it’s the spiritual connection that infuses Scorsese’s interest in Harrison, which should make for a fascinating overlap.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Movies, Trailers, VFX

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