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That time Paul McCartney made a film

Elliot Roberts | April 2, 2024
That time Paul McCartney made a film


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  1. @King-Kazma

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    I think they could have salvaged this film if they discarded the plot entirely. They could have leaned into the music video aspect, keeping some of the vignettes leading into the songs to pad it out.

    It was early days for music videos, and Paul could have released what is essentially an ‘album’ of music videos, that fans could have seen in cinema as if it was a concert. Including a partial Beatles reunion with Ringo.

    I mean, it would have been a better use of the footage.

  2. @Kieop

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Coming back to this video a year later to lift my spirits! Elliot, I love this review! It is SO laugh out loud funny. You have a real knack for a good turn of phrase and subversive editing. Your sight gags are always fun. Humour through editing is something the movie certainly could've used more of. Although, dreams are rarely funny, so… kudos for realism in dream logic?

  3. @i.7525

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    if i was watching the movie (which i haven't), i'm sure i would hate it and think it's pointless, but from what I see here of the 19th century scenes, they look very charming! this could have worked really nicely as a music video, damn.

  4. @dblastdiecast7402

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    I look at it differently. Anything McCartney is historic, and to be treasured. I love that we can see and hear McCartney at different times in his life. I personally love the soundtrack as well. Sure, Elvis was in a bunch of B movies, but the 5 Beatles films plus Broadstreet is unheard of for a songwriter. He remains eternally young in films and future fans will enjoy seeing him long after he’s gone. And I also have a copy of the video game. 😅

  5. @TerryVancouver360

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    I'd rather watch Back Future and how from Broadway to London the driving style is strange and it's just a dream for Dalet Tapesss haha ​​Paul's acting is so stiff Paul isn't the type of humor wrote Paul's music so this film is a bit embarrassing for the Beatles even though Ringgo helped him but not successful

  6. @johncoons8480

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    I saw this film first run when it came out. I was the only viewer in the theater (it was a weekday matinee showing, but still…). I enjoyed the short subject "Rupert and the Frog Song" (it had the hit "We All Stand Together"). Soundtrack was pretty good. Perhaps Paul was just trying to win a Best Musical Score award, or Best Short Subject, and didn't much care about the film itself. I don't know. I found it dull and confusing as a film, but a good listen.

  7. @moeb4348

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    One half hour to make your point that this is a bad movie. It is a bad movie. Your review is a grueling long bad experience as well.
    Maybe that's the joke.

  8. @user-ko8iv6wr6i

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Расскажите пожалуйста про фильмы Ринго Старра ,это интересно посмотреть в хронологическом порядке

  9. @paulduggan5323

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Never went to see it, never bought the album or listened to it. It just looked rubbish from the get go, but I thought it would be boring rubbish. Had I known that it was going to be car crash cinema I would’ve probably made the effort.

  10. @Foulfellow

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Your view on the director being inexperienced is probably right, but that 'motivation' bit was clearly just Ringo and Paul hamming it up for the behind the scenes footage. I wouldn't take it so seriously.

  11. @zedsodead

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    You'd think after Magical Mystery Tour, Paul would've learned that smoking pot and creating music works. Smoking pot and making movies does not. Would've loved to see him in movies of someone else's creation. Think I know why the other Beatles were done with the most talented member(in my opinion of course). Any Beatle on film is worth a lookyloo though. Saw him in GreenBay Wi. a few years ago. What
    a show! I never saw so many faces with shear joy on them. Favorite part for me was when he was on stage by himself and pulled out a ukulele George had given and played Something. Misty eyes all around. Very meaningful to me.

  12. @claire-christmas-august73

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    was a staple
    of my personal
    childhood library..

    my children
    enjoyed my books.

    hoping, when the time comes..
    their offspring
    shall enjoy
    dear rupert’s adventures too.!


  13. @hunter23138

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Elliot I've been watching a lot of your Beatles videos. Love them. Of course the one time I comment I'm being slightly critical, or, at least, lodging a counter-view. I've never seen GMRTBS so first of all thanks for summing it up so well. Very funny your face at the end when it's revealed to be 'only a dream'. BUT if it's only a dream, that explains all the logical inconsistencies you complain about earlier. Like, of course there is no reason Paul gives the demo tapes to that guy. That is how things happen IN DREAMS. It's funny once you know that. And clever. Same with all your other head-scratch moments. Like the guy looking sinister in the railway toilet at the end and the 'fake' laughing he and Paul do. In particular you seem totally not to get that they are joking in that 'Ringo needs his motivation' scene. Maybe a generational thing? *** Now, I'm not saying this means the film should be regarded as a masterpiece. Only that the flaw is structural. The way out of the 'it was just a dream' being a cop-out is to be upfront at the start and to show us that what follows is a dream. Once that contract is established with the viewer, the viewer can adjust their 'reality' principle and appreciate the humour of what follows.

  14. @manolokonosko2868

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Paul and film are like oil and water. They do not mix. Only Ringo and George have been more successful. Why is that? Because unlike Paul, George and Ringo will work on a film as directed and not take over the whole project, unstoppable, with everyone afraid of getting fired for contradicting Sir Paul when he makes a bad decision. This is how “Broad Street” was made and how it’s the piece of shit it is and always will be. It’s not even one of those bad movies that are so bad it’s good. That avenue has been long closed.

  15. @manolokonosko2868

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Sir Paul The Cheap owes everyone that saw that movie a full refund and bus fare. It was the most embarrassingly bad movie I’ve ever seen. Worse than KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.

  16. @walterwhitejr.445

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    I had the game. Hideous, barely playable game. Supposedly wandering the streets of London looking for the tapes while dodging nefarious enemy cars… except the map is so large, the cars so few, and the A.I. non-existent… Rally-X this was NOT. When you get the track, you're supposed to mix it – and have to get it right, or go through the whole thing again. Except, the sound's so horrible, you really can't tell what "right" and "wrong" is.

  17. @Fitzroyfallz

    April 2, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    I find these sort of things fascinating. Shows us that even famous musicians aren’t untouchable and can fuck up too. I got a LOT of secondhand embarrassment from it, but it was equally funny!

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