Movie Night: Let It Be


Essential viewing.  The fifth and last Beatles movie Let It Be stands apart from the others because it doesn't satirize the personalities and lifestyles of the fab four.  Rather, it documents the band's final recording sessions for the albums "Let It Be" and "Abbey Road," which would be released in the opposite order they were recorded in.  The performances are obviously brilliant, but the behind-the-scenes moments are both enlightening and heartbreaking.  While there isn't a sort of MTV Road Rules/Real World tension, there isn't any friendliness either.  There's civility and an obvious respect for each others' talents.  But, there isn't an illusion of anything other than a "working friendship."  The final minutes of Let It Be are the most rewarding and are "worth the price of admission."   What was famously dubbed as "The Rooftop Concert" was The Beatles first and last public performance since 1966.  The performances are terrific and feature "Fifth Beatle" Billy Preston on keyboards.   As you will see, no announcement of a concert was made to the public.  The magnificent faces of onlookers adds so much to The Beatles legend.  The subsequent soundtrack album Let It Be was one of the only Beatles albums to not receive universal acclaim from critics.  What overthinkers.  The album is great.  

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