The director of the 1970 “Let It Be” Beatles movie Michael Lyndsey-Hogg has said that he “doesn’t care” that Ringo Starr is not keen on the documentary.
This film was released in 1970. It shows the band in recording sessions for their 12th studio album. This film also led to heated exchanges between George Harrison and Paul McCartney.
Now, Peter Jackson has taken the 55 hours of unseen footage from that Let It Be Shoot, along with 140 hours of audio for his upcoming The Beatles: Get Back documentary. This will be released on November 25.
“didn’t feel any joy”
Speaking back in March, Ringo Starr described the Let It Be documentary “too miserable”.
“I didn’t feel any joy in the original documentary, it was all focused on one moment which went down between two of the lads (McCartney and Harrison)”, Starr had said. More on this here.
Starr also criticised the 1970 film for including just “seven to eight minutes” of the Beatles’ live show on the Apple Corps rooftop in 1969, the band’s first live gig in four years.
Describing the show as “magical”, Lyndsey-Hogg added, “And they’re having such a good time. They realise, wow, we’ve been missing this”.
“And through much of the picture, they’re happy and they’re trying to work things out. You don’t always have a smile on your face when you’re trying to work something out. You’re thinking”.
“I don’t care” – Lyndsey-Hogg on Starr comments
“Personally, I don’t care”, Lindsay-Hogg said of Starr’s comments. “That’s his opinion. And we all have them. I mean, the polite version is everybody’s got elbows and everybody’s got opinions. I like Ringo. And I don’t think he’s seen the movie for 50 years”.
The director also added, “And I think, if you haven’t seen the movie in a long time, and you may not have the best memory in the world, all that kind of gets mixed up in your brain about what it was like. Because when I saw it last, I’m thinking, ‘What is he talking about?’ In fact, there’s great joy and connection and collaboration, and good times and jokes and affection in Let It Be”.
“So I just don’t think [Starr has] seen it for a long time. And again, with respect, I don’t care. As a human being, he’s wonderfully quick and funny”.
Ringo Starr also recently revealed that the Beatles turned down a reunion concert in 1973.