Nyff 2011. Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World"

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"A bloated hagiography that affords less insight the longer it goes on," begins Nick Schager in Slant, "George Harrison: Living in the Material World spends nearly four hours on the life and times of the quiet Beatle in order to let us know that he was a gentle, artistic soul interested in Eastern spirituality. As anyone even remotely familiar with the Beatles or Harrison's solo career already knows such things, it's disappointing to discover that Martin Scorsese's documentary has little else to say."

The Telegraph's Mick Brown couldn't disagree more: "Scorsese, of course, has never baulked at a thorough examination of his musical heroes, as his previous two-part film on Bob Dylan, No Direction Home, demonstrated. But it's reasonable to ask whether Harrison really merits the same treatment. I had my doubts. But this deeply absorbing journey through Harrison's sadly abbreviated life — he died in 2001 at the age of
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