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Thursday, September 23, 2010

LENNONNYC

By D.E.Levine

2010 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION

Director: Michael Epstein
Writer: Michael Epstein
Cast: John Lennon, Yokon Ono, et al.
Producer: Susan Lacy, Jessica Levin and Michael Epstein
Executive Producers: Stanley Buchthal, Michael Cohl and Susa
Running Time: 115 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Documentary

This is a critically acclaimed film that was made for PBS but is premiering in theaters at the 48th New York Film Festival.

As the world remembers John Lennon on what would have been his 70th birthday and the 30th anniversary of his death, it seems fitting to bring this film to the public.

There's a great deal of archival footage, much of which has never been publicly seen. Additionally, Director/writer Epstein interviewed some artists who worked with Lennon, who have never spoken publicly before, as well as artists like Elton John and others.

The film covers the 1970s when Lennon immigrated to America from England. It's mostly a positive portrayal although it does cover his descent into alcohol and drugs when he separated from Yoko and went out to Los Angeles.

Yoko is portrayed as the steadying force that brought him back to his senses and his creativity and since this film was made with the approval and assistance of Yoko Ono, we have to expect it would portray her in a positive light.

For everything good and bad we know about the public performer Lennon, it is the years when he lived with his family in NYC that are the most endearing and appear to have been the happiest in his life.

The ending lacks relevant information as we see the memorials in front of the Dakota but Mark Chapman's name is never mentioned, nor the fact that he has been consistently denied parole and is up for it once again.

Definitely worth seeing one must assume that the film adds to the myth already surrounding John Lennon and is overly reverent about his post-Beatle days.