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|Originaltitel:||The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years|
|Genre:||Documentary, Music movie|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 100 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
They were one of the greatest phenomena in pop history. Their songs are immortal and the hysteria they triggered is unmatched to this day. With the help of fascinating archive material and numerous interviews, director Ron Howard has produced a great documentary that has not only become a celebration for all fans of mushroom heads. With "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years" he also offers a whole new generation the opportunity to get to know and love the Beatles. The film does not offer any insight into the complete band history, but concentrates on the years in which the Fab Four drove the fans mad with their live concerts.
The beginnings, in which Hamburg played a big role, are as quickly ticked off as the events, which finally led to the end of the band. For many fans the late phase of the band is the more interesting time from a creative point of view. If you want to know more about the time in which the last albums were made, but in which the Beatles hardly gave any concerts, you might be a little disappointed by the film. But if you want to see a documentary of the climax of Beatlemania, you've come to the right place.
Besides some live excerpts, it's especially the archive footage that makes the film so worth seeing. Seeing the young Beatles fooling around during interviews and not taking themselves too seriously is extremely entertaining. At the same time, however, in the course of the documentary it also becomes clear what a tribute the success has paid, how hard life has been in the constant spotlight, constantly on the move, without the possibility of retreating from the hustle and bustle.
In addition to the very well edited archive recordings, there are also many interviews with other artists such as Elvis Costello, Whoopie Goldberg, comedian Eddie Izzard or director Richard Curtis, which tell what significance the Beatles had for their lives. And of course Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr also talk in newly recorded interviews about how they experienced the time on tour, how the cohesion within the band changed due to their success and how they tried to break out of everything at some point by completely reinventing themselves musically - which again was not very positively received by some fans.
"The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years" is an outstanding music documentary in terms of both craftsmanship and content, at the end of which almost 30 minutes of excerpts from a concert in New York's Shea Stadium follow. These sequences of the legendary concert were digitally restored for publication and will be shown in a new quality for the first time in the documentation. For Beatles fans or all who want to become Beatles fans, there is no question: Absolutely worth seeing!
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