George Harrison - Living in the Mediated World
What a disappointment Martin Scorsese's biopic of George Harrison is. Yes, there is much evocative and painstakingly restored archive footage in Living in the Material World. But the last twenty minutes has a power dressed Olivia Harrison filmed in what looks like a Hilton Hotel restaurant delivering the authorised version of George's last years aided and abetted by that noted authority on contemporary culture Jackie Stewart. That closing sequence looks suspiciously like Scorsese's quid pro quo for the Harrison estate's release of archive material. Olivia Harrison is credited as co-producer on the film and Living in the Material World raises important questions as to whether the control of archives by the estates of deceased celebrities will prevent future impartial reassesments of their lives and work. The header image also appears in my earlier post on George Harrison's collaborations with Ravi Shankar.
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