Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Beatles on Film: Yellow Submarine & Let it Be

"If you’ve heard that Let It Be is rough but have never seen it, you’re almost surprised when you realize it’s not as bad as you expected. But even in 2009, apparently, the myth of the Beatles, begun by A Hard Day’s Night and perpetuated by almost every film and album that came after, is so strong that we are told that we’re still not ready to see the Beatles as flawed human beings who might not like each other that much."
"With each film that they released through the mid-‘60s, the Beatles became less human and more superhuman, less real and more hyper-real, in the public imagination. So it’s interesting that, after the weirdness and excess of Magical Mystery Tour, the Beatles would literally be transformed into cartoons for Yellow Submarine."

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