George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Director: Martin Scorsese
“Cast”: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Jane Birkin, Tom Petty, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector, Ravi Shankar, Pattie Boyd, Dhani Harrison, Olivia Harrison, George Martin, Jackie Stewart, Astrid Kirchherr, Klaus Voormann

George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a documentary about the Beatle George Harrison. Through interviews with his friends, family and colleagues, it looks at his role in the group itself, but also his life after the Beatles, his search for meditation and inner truth, his career as a solo-artist and his family life until his death in 2001.

They showed the two parts of this documentary at once – altogether 208 minutes – and admittedly that got a little long. But it’s a fascinating piece of film with interesting perspectives.

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36 vues du Pic Saint Loup [36 Views of Saint-Loup Peak] (2009)

36 vues du Pic Saint Loup is the newest movie by Jacques Rivette, starring Jane Birkin and Sergio Castellitto.

Kate (Jane Birkin) returns to her family’s circus after years of estrangement. On some lonely country road her car breaks down and Vittorio (Sergio Castellitto) stops his super-fancy car to help her. Afterwards, Kate invites him to the circus. Vittorio shows up and then kinda sticks around for the rest of the circus’ tour.

Beginning with the opening scene, this movie was ridiculous. Most of that was the fault of the script by Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent and Jacques Rivette himself, but the absolutely overblown performance by Jane Birkin did its part as well. When the movie wasn’t being ridiculous, it was boring. So, definitely not recommended.


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