IMAGINE
1972, Eagle Rock Entertainment, 68 min, USA, Dir: Steve Gebhardt, John Lennon, Yoko Ono

A window into the lives of two of the world’s most beloved artists, IMAGINE depicts John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s artistic processes as they compose the classic albums “Imagine” and “Fly” at their home in 1971. With a killer soundtrack and rare studio footage, this made-for-television gem is rarely screened in theaters, and its impressive surround sound offers a chance for Lennon and Ono fans to hear the music in a way that cannot be duplicated at home. Don’t just imagine this unique celebration of love, dreams and music - see it on the big screen!


HOW I WON THE WAR
1967, Park Circus/MGM, 110 min, UK, Dir: Richard Lester

Maverick director Richard Lester (A HARD DAY’S NIGHT and HELP!) recruited John Lennon (in his only solo acting role) for this wildly surreal satire on war movies, featuring Michael Crawford (THE KNACK) as a blissfully unaware idiot charged with building a cricket pitch behind enemy lines during World War II. Although nominally set in the 1940s, HOW I WON THE WAR exudes the 1960s’ anti-establishment tone, featuring abrupt time shifts, jump-cutting and Lester’s patented blend of biting wit and surreal slapstick which presaged Monty Python. Incidentally, Lester always chafes when this film is simplistically described as “an anti-war movie.” As he explains: “It’s an ‘anti-WAR-MOVIE’ movie.” With Jack MacGowran.


A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
1964, Janus Films, 85 min, UK, Dir: Richard Lester

Director Richard Lester's brilliant, carefree comedy set the tone for the rest of the 1960s and captured The Beatles at their best, clowning (as one respected reviewer said) like the new Marx Bros. From Lester's restless, handheld camerawork to writer Alun Owen's surreal, day-in-the-life script and George Martin's sprightly score (both Oscar-nominated) to the Beatles themselves - exuberantly singing “Can't Buy Me Love,” “She Loves You” and 10 other Beatles classics - this is the essence of the ’60s.


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