Hey! You. Yeah, you! Come over here for a second and have a look at this will you. Huh? What do you mean you don't know what it is? It's a silly review. Silly. One about a documentary documenting a musical movie which was made quite some time ago. It was churned out in 2012, and lasts for about an hour or so. Give or take a Beatle.
The Magical Mystery Tour : The Film - The Documentary - The Boxed Set
- What was this film about? According to John Lennon, it was about a bunch of your average garden variety Joes, taking a coach trip from one place to some place else.
songs were played in this production?
Magical Mystery Tour (Paul). The Fool on the Hill (Paul again).
Flying (George and Ringo)
Blue Jay Way(George). Your Mother Should Know (Paul yet again). I Am the Walrus (John).
- Who came up with the idea behind this flick? Paul McCartney, whilst waiting around in the studio trying to think of something to do.
was it Paul's idea? At the time he
was the only member of the band who was single, and hanging around in
London's West-End, involving himself with filmmaking and the whole Avant-garde movement.
- How was the actor, Peter Fonda, involved with these proceedings? He supplied the LSD -- a mind altering substance which can enhance a person's perceptions.
- How did the Beatles cast who should join them on this cinematic coach trip? Now apart from those people they already knew, they cast the rest from an 'artist needing work' book.
- When was it first shown? On the BBC1, Boxing Day, 1967, in between 'The Petula Clark Show' and a Norman Wisdom comedy.
- How was it received by the general public? Even though the kids loved it, the adults hated it so much, that Paul McCartney had to defend this film the very next day on national television.
- Paul McCartney (diplomat) -- We wanted to show people what we were up to. However, we didn't know what we where up to.
- Ringo Starr (peace and love) -- We ad-libbed a lot of it. There wasn't a script as such. It just got us from one place to the next.
- George Harrison (the not so quite one) -- Every time the media built us up; they couldn't wait to slam us back down again. We gave them all the opportunity they needed with our 'elaborate home movie'.
- Martin Scorsese (director par excellence) -- To me, the freedom of the picture is what I was attracted to. I didn't get the humor though.
- Peter Fonda (a very nice man) -- It was a 'Magical Mystery Tour' of them. But no one could see that.
Gilliam (artistic python) -- I liked the clear distinction between the
generations. Coming from
America, that was very refreshing indeed.
- Neil Innes (bonzo with a gonzo) -- It was made like an art-house film. We in the 'Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band' could relate, because we came from a similar art-school background.
- Paul Merton (have I got a quote for you) -- The establishment hated it; because The Beatles when from 'Take That' to... 'take this', ha!
- Paul Gambaccini (pundit) -- I knew that the Americans would not be able to understand the conceit of a 'mystery tour'. Normally we like to know where we are going first.
- Barry Miles (indica gallery owner) -- It was a very hedonistic time; which gave people the excuse to have sex, take drugs, and be creative.
- Gavrik Losey (producer) -- Now Brian was dead, the boys where going to make the movie anyway. Like a vanity publication. But something more.
- Michael Shersin (cameraman) -- There was a very abstract quality to their work. It was anarchic but wonderful to watch.
On a side note, Beatles Fans: Please check out the Beatles History Facebook Site when you have the chance, OK? It's a great community to be a part of.