LennoNYC

LennoNYC

DVD - 2010
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As the world remembered John Lennon on what would have been his 70th birthday, and the 30th anniversary of his death, a new film takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono, and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s. Featuring never-before-heard studio recordings and never-before-seen outtakes from Lennon in concert and home movies.
Publisher: [United States] : A&E Television Network : Distributed by New Video, c2010
ISBN: 9781422998977
1422998975
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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LPL_IlkaI Oct 09, 2016

I cannot think of a more timely film than this phenomenal documentary by PBS' American Masters series. In 2016, it appears commonplace that the privilege associated with being rich and famous lends the ability to bypass rules and legalities. This was not the experience for John Lennon, former founding member of The Beatles and one of rock music's most influential bands. LennoNYC focuses on Lennon's time spent in NYC during the Seventies and the ludicrous antics that the Nixon administration used to make his, and wife Yoko Ono's, life simply exasperating. This documentary was a real education and changed my view of John Lennon. Even to the point that he is now my favorite Beatle!

Atticus14 Aug 12, 2014

I really enjoyed this. I've seen various documentaries on Lennon, some better than others. This is definitely one of the better ones. Some say Yoko Ono was very controlling with it but it also shows his lover, May Pang, so not too controlling, eh? It doesn't paint him as totally wonderful which tells me this wasn't a film based on nothing but Beatle worship. Who knows what his marriage to Ono was really like but ultimately that was between them.

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JeanneQ
Jun 11, 2013

The best parts of LENNONYC were the little snippets of John just being the funny, articulate, weird and brilliant icon we grew up adoring. Also enjoyable were the interviews with the producer and musicians he worked with in the years and months before his death.

The film was obviously tightly controlled by Yoko Ono and so has a feel of censorship to it. It seems to be the story of Yoko Ono and her husband John and their life in the 70's and the brief period in 1980 before and after John's death. Yoko's narcissism is palpable.

It's an interesting resource if used as one fraction of the spectrum of Lennon's life. If you're really interested in John Lennon read what his son Julian has to say, May Pang's memories of her time with him ( some nice little interviews with Pang in the film though) and as many other diverse sources as you can find.

The interviews with Yoko are cringe provoking. It is not possible to respect someone who removed the Lennon name from their record label within weeks of his death (later restored) or someone who profits from images of John's glasses covered in his blood from the night of his murder. Who does that? My anti-Yoko bias obviously coloured my perspective of this documentary.

Often annoying, the film is still interesting as a narrow view of a flawed genius and loveable rogue.

Glencoe_Mike Dec 22, 2010

Ostensibly about John Lennon's post-Beatles years, I found that this DVD added little to what is out there about Lennon. The DVD Imagine had already done the job well so I'm not sure what the point of this one was. Perhaps if you know nothing about post-Beatles Lennon, this may be a good place to start.

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