What to Watch if You Love George Harrison

George Harrison in the recording studio in 1970.

There are many things to watch if you love singer-songwriter and musician George Harrison. Here’s a list of things to put in your queue—everything from the former Beatle’s favorite films to documentaries about his life.

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All of The Beatles’ movies

If you’re a George Harrison fan, bets are you’re also a Beatles fan. So, if you haven’t seen all of The Beatles’ films, put those at the top of your queue. There’s A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine, and Let It Be. In A Hard Day’s Night, George has his “grotty” scene, which he didn’t want to do. Later, in Let It Be, we see his very-real tense fights with Paul McCartney.

‘The Beatles Anthology’

The Beatles Anthology was a massive project the remaining Beatles undertook in the mid-1990s. It comprises an eight-part television documentary, a three-volume set of double albums, and a book. Although it was The Beatles’ first chance at telling their story, George initially wanted no part in it. He claimed the documentary makers were trying to sensationalize some rougher bits of the band’s history. If they discussed rumors or certain stories, fans would believe them. Regardless, George partook in the project and performed with his former bandmates on two new Beatles songs, “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love.”

‘The Beatles: Get Back’

Peter Jackson’s three-part documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, revealed never-before-seen footage taken during Let It Be. All the drama George wanted to be left out of The Beatles Anthology is now completely out in the open. There’s even the incredibly awkward never-before-heard audio of the moment George quit The Beatles. He told John Lennon, “See you ’round the clubs.” He eventually returned, but not before a more awkward secret conversation between John and Paul happened.

‘Eight Days a Week’

Ron Howard’s 2016 documentary Eight Days a Week looks at The Beatles’ touring years from 1962 to 1966. It touches on some of the best and worst moments for the band as they toured through the often hectic and dangerous Beatlemania. Howard had the cooperation of surviving Beatles Paul, Ringo Starr, and Beatles widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

‘The Producers’

Outside of documentaries, there are a couple of movies to watch if you love George, including Mel Brooks’ The Producers. George often said the comedy was one of his favorite movies. He loved comedy above all other genres. George also quoted the film in many interviews, including when he talked about where he and his film production company, HandMade Films, went wrong on Shanghai Surprise.

‘Life of Brian’

In the late 1970s, George’s friends in the Monty Python comedy troupe told him their producers had dropped their recent film. George read the script for Life of Brian and loved it. He didn’t think it was blasphemous. The comedy poked fun at the followers of Jesus, not Jesus himself. So, he spoke to his business manager, Denis O’Brien, about producing it.

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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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