THE MAK­ING OF A CLAS­SIC

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

BEA­TLES and Len­non fans will be gen­er­ally de­lighted with this film, which looks into the mak­ing of the leg­endary song­writer’s revered al­bum, Imag­ine. While many of the of­fer­ings in the genre are pretty cheap af­fairs – splic­ing to­gether still pho­tos and grainy mov­ing pic­tures with “ex­perts” of­fer­ing scripted sound­bites – and do lit­tle to ex­pand your knowl­edge or ap­pre­ci­a­tion of an artist, you might find your­self paus­ing Johnand Yoko:AboveUsOn­lySky on sev­eral oc­ca­sions for a closer look of the footage. Like the scene where the lovers are sit­ting at their kitchen ta­ble, lit­tered with food, burn­ing cig­a­rettes, a mag­a­zine fea­tur­ing the pair on its cover, a peace sign. You don’t get to check out too many rock star kitchen ta­bles. Some of the “ex­perts” in this case were men who were there as Len­non com­pleted his most loved solo work and were charged by him to lis­ten to it and give their opin­ions. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing to hear their re­ac­tions to songs such as Gim­meSomeTrut­h – one calls it a “rant” – be­fore they fi­nally lis­ten to the record’s tit­u­lar track. And all agree, it is the one. As they talk, Len­non is shown play­ing the song in a white room on a white pi­ano in his white house with Ono in black sit­ting on the floor. You have to won­der if they had even the vaguest inkling that ev­ery scene of their life would one day be a movie.

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