Four years ago it was announced that dirctor Martin Scorsese would be making a documentary on George Harrison. Now after the long wait, the film is ready to premiere at the New York Film Festival and hit HBO in a two-part presentation on October 5th and 6th. Titled George Harrison: Living In The Material World, the film includes performances, never-before-seen footage, and interviews from colleagues and collaborators including Terry Gilliam, Eric Clatpon, Yoko Ono, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Ringo Star, Phil Spector, and more.
Here’s what Scorsese had to say to Rolling Stone about how he came to view Harrison during the making of the film:
When I took in the stories told by Olivia and his friends, studied the images and the interviews, and immersed myself in the music, I could see that he was trying to find a way to simplicity, a way to live truthfully and compassionately… It was never a straight line, but that’s not the point. I think he found an understanding: that there’s no such thing as ‘success,’ there’s just the path. It’s there in the life, and it’s felt most deeply in the music – the songs, the harmonies, the grand soaring passages, the guitar breaks and the solos, like shining jewels.