Beatles Documentary


“Beatles” by Ricard Lopez 1 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The Beatles: Get Back, released on November 25th, is a three-part documentary series that covers the creative process behind the Beatle’s hit 1970 album Let It Be, whose working title was in fact Get Back. Each episode is nearly three hours long, and is full of never seen before footage from the timeless band.

“I think what makes the Beatles so classic is that each member had their own individual character, as well as the wide spread of genres they performed,” says sophomore Skye Matteson, who is a singer/songwriter and music theory student at FHS.

This docu-series was directed and produced by Peter Jackson, a big name in the film industry. He has worked on several feature films, such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The series takes footage from a pre-recorded documentary on the same subject, such named Let It Be.

The film from the original documentary, which was filmed and produced by Michael Lindsey-Hoggs, has been restored for the 2021 series using film adaptation techniques from an extensive team of editors. The series was released under Walt Disney Studios, and is available to stream only on Disney+.

Get Back was created with heavy insight from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, two former members of the band. Joining them on the cooperative team was Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the wives of the late band members John Lennon and George Harrison.

Get Back does not sugar coat the album-making process of Let It Be. The series portrays the highs and lows of the job, the drama, the happy bits, and everything in between. The filmmakers insisted on the fact that the series wasn’t censored for language and content in order to stay true to the experience as closely as possible, not only for viewer satisfaction but out of respect for the Beatles.

“It’s definitely not too late for a documentary, the Beatles are such a classic and changed music forever so it’s always good for any generation to learn about how they became,” says Skye Matteson.

The series received a whopping 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 9.3/10 on IMDB. The public reaction was extremely positive, applauding the work of the filmmakers for creating such art out of old film. The film adds even more to the impressive and ever-growing legacy of the Beatles, who remain legendary.