George Harrison: Living in the Material World
George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a 2011 documentary film co-produced and directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the life of George Harrison, musician and former member of the Beatles. It earned six nominations at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, winning two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Nonfiction Special. A companion book was released alongside the film, as well as an album of Harrison's demo recordings called Early Takes Volume 1.
|George Harrison: Living in the Material World|
|Directed by||Martin Scorsese|
|Produced by||Olivia Harrison|
|Edited by||David Tedeschi|
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The film follows musician George Harrison's story from his early life in Liverpool, the Beatlemania phenomenon, his travels to India, the influence of Krishna Consciousness movement in his music, and his relevance and importance as a member of the Beatles. It consists of previously unseen footage and interviews with Olivia and Dhani Harrison, friends, and many others.
- Neil Aspinall
- John Barham
- Jane Birkin
- Pattie Boyd
- Eric Clapton
- Ray Cooper
- Bob Dylan
- Mal Evans
- Terry Gilliam
- Mukunda Goswami
- Dhani Harrison
- Olivia Harrison
- Harry Harrison
- Irene Harrison
- Louise Harrison
- Pauline Harrison
- Peter Harrison
- Damon Hill
- Eric Idle
- Arthur Kelly
- Jim Keltner
- Astrid Kirchherr
- Paul Lanzanic
- John Lennon
- Jeff Lynne
- George Martin
- Paul McCartney
- Gary Moore
- Gordon Murray
- Yoko Ono
- Roy Orbison
- Tom Petty
- Billy Preston
- Ken Scott
- Ravi Shankar
- Phil Spector
- Ringo Starr
- Jackie Stewart
- Joan Taylor
- Klaus Voormann
- Gary Wright
- George Harrison
After Harrison's death in 2001, various production companies approached his widow Olivia about producing a film about her late husband's life. She declined because he had wanted to tell his own life story through his video archive. Upon meeting Scorsese, she gave her blessings and signed on to the film project as a producer.
According to Scorsese, he was attracted to the project because "That subject matter has never left me...The more you're in the material world, the more there is a tendency for a search for serenity and a need to not be distracted by physical elements that are around you. His music is very important to me, so I was interested in the journey that he took as an artist. The film is an exploration. We don't know. We're just feeling our way through."
Throughout 2008 and 2009, Scorsese alternated working between Shutter Island and the documentary. Scorsese, his editor David Tedeschi, and a small army of researchers spent five years assembling interviews, music, film clips, photos, and memorabilia.
The documentary premièred at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool on 2 October 2011. It was shown on HBO in two parts on 5 and 6 October 2011 in the United States and Canada and as a two-part Arena special on BBC Two on 12 and 13 November 2011 in the United Kingdom.
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All songs written by George Harrison, except where noted.
- "My Sweet Lord" (Demo) – 3:33
- "Run of the Mill" (Demo) – 1:56
- "I'd Have You Anytime" (Early Take) (George Harrison, Bob Dylan) – 3:06
- "Mama, You've Been on My Mind" (Demo) (Bob Dylan) – 3:04
- "Let It Be Me" (Demo) (Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë) – 2:56
- "Woman Don't You Cry for Me" (Early Take) – 2:44
- "Awaiting on You All" (Early Take) – 2:40
- "Behind That Locked Door" (Demo) – 3:29
- "All Things Must Pass" (Demo) – 4:38
- "The Light That Has Lighted the World" (Demo) – 2:23
Olivia Harrison authored an accompanying book, titled George Harrison: Living in the Material World and published by Abrams in 2011. The book was edited by Mark Holborn and contains a foreword by Scorsese and an introduction by author and literary critic Paul Theroux.
The documentary earned two Primetime Emmy Awards, Outstanding Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming for director Martin Scorsese. It also earned nominations for Outstanding Cinematography, Picture Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.
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