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Old Aug 21, 2011, 04:45 AM   #1
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Default Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everbody Talkin' About Him?)

Apologies if this has been posted on the movie forum before, but I just watched this great doc on Harry Nilsson and I highly recommend it to Beatles diehards! There's a lot in it about his relationship to the band and his individual friendships with Ringo and John. There's also a funny, yet moving story near the end relating to George. I've always known about Harry's connection to John--the infamous "Lost Weekend"--and knew he was pals with Ringo too. But I never knew exactly how he came into their world and just how close and warm his friendships with the guys were. And after watching I understand why. Harry was the Beatles' best American friend, without a doubt.
And of course, there's Harry's music and incredible voice. With overdubbing on multiple tracks, he could harmonize with himself so beautifully! There are interviews with Yoko, May Pang, Derek Taylor's widow (Derek was a KEY figure in this) Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, a couple of Monty Pythoners, plus several other interesting people close to Harry.
It plays out like a "Behind the Music" VH1 bio, but is extremely well made, not unlike LennoNYC, for those who saw that last autumn.
You can see it on Netflix's on demand service, if you have a subscription, OR...you can watch it FOR FREE here:
http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title...kin_about_him/
The trailer:
http://youtu.be/SoFpvG5fb-0
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Yes, there is a thread here somewhere about this film. And I agree with you... it's a great doc about a very lovable and talented friend of the boys. Of course, it's also a bit depressing, but you're right that every Beatles fan really should see it.
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Yes, there is a thread here somewhere about this film. And I agree with you... it's a great doc about a very lovable and talented friend of the boys. Of course, it's also a bit depressing, but you're right that every Beatles fan really should see it.
True, the sad bits are unavoidable. But one thing that really floored me, Maia was how Harry channeled his grief in/after 1980 into taking a stand on handgun violence. I have zero memory of that--and I was very much engaged in following events at the time---I may have blocked it out.
It saddened me the way in which a few of the people interviewed about that said it got Harry nowhere, that it didn't change anything. Why was he doing it? But I have to disagree. His efforts may not have gotten anyone in Washington to legislate against handguns, but it was, in my opinion a pretty healthy, proactive response to the shock and sadness Harry obviously was feeling.
Another part I loved was how Ringo had to steady Harry's hand--he was shaking so much--as Harry put the wedding ring on his bride Una's finger. Awww.
It's details like that that really made this doc stand out to me.
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I didn't realize there were 2 Harry Nilsson threads going on at the same time--anyways, thanks SpiritW72 for the link to the video.
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Such a great film, and wonderful to see it online so everyone can enjoy it. The dvd is worth getting too, cos not only do you get the movie but from what I understand there's so much additional footage that you could literally make a second feature from it.
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