Imagine: John Lennon - The Definitive Film Portrait

Imagine: John Lennon - The Definitive Film Portrait

Director: Andrew Solt Cast: Dick Cavett, Desire de Freitas, Jane Forth

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The personal film archives of Yoko Ono were utilized for this feature-length documentary on the life of John Lennon. Predictably, it downplays Lennon's association with the Beatles and concentrates on his years with Ono. The film spends a lot of time recounting Lennon's anti-war activities, highlighted by a confrontation on a talk show hosted by conservative cartoonist Al Capp. The title of the documentary is, of course, taken from Lennon's idyllic ballad about a world free of hatred and discord. Imagine: John Lennon is a reverent but ultimately depressing chronicle of an artist who died the untimeliest of deaths.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2005
UPC: 0012569726550
Original Release: 1988
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 14,960

Special Features

Closed Caption; A tribute to John Lennon: The Man, The Music, The Memories with the filmmakers; John Lennon trivia track; Never-before-released performance of Imagine by John Lennon on acoustic guitar; Never-before-seen Island House footage from Tittenhurst Estate; John Lennon: Truth be told-BBC radio interview; Interview with William Ernest Pobjoy, Headmaster of John Lennon's Grammar School; DVD-ROM; Weblink to John Lennon Music Guide

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Cavett Actor
Desire de Freitas Actor
Jane Forth Actor
Jonas Mekas Actor
Setsuko Ono Actor
John Lennon Himself/Narration
Yoko Ono Herself
Jack Palance Actor
Daniel Richter Actor
Diana Robertson Actor
Phil Spector Actor
Viva Actor
Andy Warhol Actor
Capp Actor
Gloria Emerson Actor
George Harrison Actor
Julian Lennon Actor
Sean Lennon Himself

Technical Credits
Andrew Solt Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
John Bolz Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Egan Co-producer,Screenwriter
David Gaines Editor
Bert Lovitt Editor
David L. Wolper Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Imagine: John Lennon
1. Tittenhurst 1971; At Home in the Studio [4:38]
2. Raised by My Auntie; Recalling Mother [3:17]
3. Paul McCartney; The Cavern; Hamburg 1960; Brian Epstein; Love Me Do; George Martin [5:18]
4. Royal Variety Performance; Twist and Shout [2:20]
5. Crystallizing a Dream: Imagine; Julian; Cynthia; Fatherhood Lost [3:47]
6. America; From Me to You; Eye of the Hurricane [3:54]
7. Stranger for Dinner; Jealous Guy [4:39]
8. Shea Stadium; Help! [1:45]
9. Order of the British Empire; More Poplar Than Jesus; Nowhere Man [4:37]
10. No More Hours; How I Won the War; Sgt. Pepper; Strawberry Fields Forever; George Martin; A Day in the Life [5:28]
11. The Truth; Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds; Epstein's Death; The Maharishi; Cynthia Misses the Train [2:51]
12. John Discovers Yoko; Two Virgins [1:32]
13. The Mike Douglas Show; Vietnam Reply; Reolution; Violence: "Out or In?" [2:15]
14. Arraignment; Gibraltar Wedding; The Ballad of John and Yoko; Pillow Talk; Peace Press Conference; Man of thhe Decade [4:37]
15. John Defends Yoko; Oh Yoko; in the Studio [4:03]
16. Bed-In; Al Capp; Give Peace a Chance [8:35]
17. Let It Be; Rooftop Concert; Don't Let Me Down [3:51]
18. Breakup; Derek Taylor's Press Conference; Fan Reaction; God [3:11]
19. Tittenhurst; Reply to Paul; Reading the Mail; Returning the OBE; With Gloria Emerson; the War Is Over Christmas Campaign [5:43]
20. Erotic Iithographs; Across the Universe; New York; Deportation [2:14]
21. Eilot Mintz on Reformation Prospects; MadisonSquare Garden; Come Together [2:27]
22. 1973; "Lost Weekend;" Stand by Me [5:16]
23. Woman; Love Scene; Beautiful Boy; Without Fame; John;s Renaissance [4:32]
24. Double Fantasy; Starting Over; Yoko on the Final Days [3:24]
25. The Vigil; All You Need Is Love [3:59]
26. Imagine; End Credits [7:30]

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Imagine: John Lennon - The Definitive Film Portrait 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Lennon is an amazing person. The movie is fantastic bcause its about his life, his dreams, the Beatles and fighting for what he wanted. It was all just so much to take in. How tradgic his childhood was to how tradgic his death was. You just get this broken heart feeling that rushes out of your soul. If you are into this kinda stuff like me then you should watch it instantly. But if your not just give it a chance and try something new.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something special, other than an ordinary documentary about the Beatles: an insight into John Lennon, and I found the answer. Narrated by Lennon himself, the film explores his true nature as a musician, a husband, and a fighter for peace – all for the sake of love. Poignant and full of rare studio shots, we see Lennon outside the mass-media career. From heated debates over political themes, to his simple outlooks on life in general, this film allows fans to formulate their personal opinion of the man without the help of secondary information. This is the real John, an autobiography in sound and scenes - a gem!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very insightfull!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it rather much when I first saw it. I am a big Beatles fan, but as you watch this DVD, you learn so much more about Beatles John Lennon's music, love life and short-lived, but legendary music career with the Beatles and on his own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was tired of reading biographical books and watching the same kind of movies where many friends of Lennon's and the Beatles' were interviewed. I knew the story inside out from press and media resources. I wanted something that would captivate me as much as John's songs do. And I found it. The first thing that caught my attention was the line: narrated by John Lennon. That's what I've been looking for: the utmost truth about this man through his own words. This documentary gives an intimate look at Lennon and his life. We get to see lots of rare footage of the Beatles' preformances. We get to see John in his own studio, recording songs that reflected the main principles of his fight for life, for peace, and for hope. We see him as a man of optimism who, like all of us, have our faults and take wrong steps, but whatever John did, he took the responsibility totally upon himself in hoping for the outcome. This movie shows no prejudice toward John Lennon it simply presents him to the world in his beautiful simplicity and deeply human nature. I was very pleased and pleasantly surprised, both with the unbiased "view" that Andrew Solt gives us and the huge archival footage that he used. Lennon fans and just people interested in discovering the man who wrote "Imagine" - you won't be disappointed!
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