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Coming to Theaters This May: 1964 'The Beatles: The Lost Concert'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 26, 2012 at 1:31AM

Screenvision presents "The Beatles: The Lost Concert," a new documentary featuring the first Fab Four concert in the U.S. as its centerpiece. The concert at D.C.'s Washington Coliseum is the only complete Beatles’ concert available to fans; its footage hasn't been seen by movie theater audiences across the nation for over 47 years.
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Screenvision presents "The Beatles: The Lost Concert," a new documentary featuring the first Fab Four concert in the U.S. as its centerpiece. The concert at D.C.'s Washington Coliseum is the only complete Beatles’ concert available to fans; its footage hasn't been seen by movie theater audiences across the nation for over 47 years.

Their half-hour, 12-song set included chart-topping originals “She Loves You” and “I Saw Her Standing There” and high-energy covers “Twist and Shout” and the famed opener, Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.”  Their concert was then broadcast to audiences March 14 and 15, 1964.

"The Beatles: The Lost Concert" recounts the birth of Beatlemania in America, from an initial phone call from U.S. promoter Sid Bernstein, through archival and new interviews with some of the people who were there.

Commentary includes Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, rock pioneer Chuck Berry, producer Mark Ronson, concert promoter Bernstein, George’s sister Louise Harrison, The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi, as well as renown Beatles historian Bruce Spizer, and Mike Mitchell, whose recently unearthed photos of the event are seen throughout the movie.
 
"The Beatles: The Lost Concert" comes to the big screen May 17 and May 22. For information and tickets, visit www.lostbeatlesconcert.com.
 

This article is related to: Musical, Documentary, Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.