October 7th, 2011 08:32 EST
Martin Scorsese`s George Harrison: Living in the Material World (Part 2)
Isn`t it a pity, Isn`t it a shame. How we break each other`s hearts, and cause each other pain. How we take each other`s love, Without thinking anymore. Forgetting to give back. Isn`t it a pity? George Harrison
Part 2 of Living in the Material World has a much lower key of feeling to it than Part 1, which is in harmony with the texture of the second half of George`s life. Still exciting though; it`s nice to see Monty Python again, and there`s the Traveling Wilburys, the sprawling Victorian mansion of Sir Frankie Crisp, and many insightful reflections of Harrison`s life from his widow, Olivia.
The timbre of Part 2 is focused on the Inner Life. The break-up of The Beatles is still painful to behold, but once we see how George reacted to it (it`s okay), throwing himself into so many Apple projects and completing his 1971 masterpiece of a triple record, All Things Must Pass, produced by the Fallen Angel of Rock, Phil Specter.
The internal meditative life is defined by All Things Must Pass, and is nicely realized in the generosity and brotherly kinship of the Concert for Bangladesh, of which I`m a proud owner of. Eric Clapton explains the touchy situation of his love for Patty Boyd, George`s first wife, and how George took a good natured, ho-hum, stoical stance on the situation, and went on his merry way, eventually finding Olivia, who is equally as lovely as Patty.
George`s relationship with Eric Idle (and Monty Python) and his endeavors in the film industry are recalled by Eric Idle himself, who tells us GH took a huge loan against Friar Park to finance The Life of Brian. The history of Handmade Films is only touched on in the documentary, but would make an interesting subject for some ambitious videographer/documentarian.
Harrison`s life-long interest in gardening is a fresh whiff of clean air; the 120-room Friar Park had lovely grounds with ample flower gardens nicely attended to by the Quiet Beatle. I do remember The Beatles final photo shoot was done at Frank Crisp`s palace. Odd dwarves and GH with hair down to his mid-back on the All Things Must Pass album cover is my main memory. One would hope Olivia will leave the place in tact, unless the deed is already done.
Great to see some footage of The Dark Horse Tour from 1974. I had the good fortune to see one of these shows up in Fort Worth. While the tour didn`t get such great reviews (George`s voice was very hoarse - excuse the pun!), I thoroughly enjoyed it and got a laugh in seeing an eccentric spiritual musician with Gerald Ford at the White House wearing the Dark Horse logo button.
Part 2 is tempered by much tragedy - George reacting to John`s death, the horrifying home invasion in 1999 (something so scary to me, I`ve tried hard to put it out of my mind), and then finally, George`s own fight with cancer which in the end, killed him too.
Lots of negativity to deal with here, but George took it with a grain of salt knowing that the spiritual life is his real life. I learn from him.
Moreover, the extent to which Harrison embraced the Hare Krishna Movement is elaborated on in the film. The Hare Krishna Mantra, produced by George on Apple Records, did respectfully on the charts, an interesting bit of trivia to me. But I keep going back to the music; so many great songs written by this Beatle that we can play over and over again, and still gain more to prepare ourselves for the next life. Hope to meet with the Quiet Beatle then, and who knows, maybe I`ll see Brian and John too.
Also see: (part 1)
Martin Scorsese`s George Harrison: Living in the Material World (Part 1) Not that we need to worship him as a God, George wouldn`t like that, but rather we merely get a glimpse into the incredible experiences George went through, that led him to a good bit of spiritual enlightenment and peace of mind, that was a difficult goal to accomplish, with the madness surrounding the lives of The Beatles.