Trivia / Let It Be

  • Breakaway Pop Hit: the entire Let It Be album, and especially "Let It Be" and "Long and Winding Road."
  • Creative Differences: And how. In particular, one famous scene features Paul and George sniping passive aggressively at each other over a chord.
  • Deleted Scene: Lindsay-Hogg cut a LOT out of his movie. There is no trace of the violent argument between John and George that (legend has it) came to blows, no mention of George quitting the band in the middle of the sessions, and no hint that the sessions were suspended for nine days while the Beatles figured out what to do next. Additionally, Billy Preston materializes at Apple with no explanation. (George brought his friend in to support the Beatles' live ensemble with keyboards, and to help calm down a fractious group.)
  • Executive Meddling: Due to Creative Differences from the members, the Beatles' new manager Allen Klein gave the Get Back tapes to Phil Spector, and Paul McCartney's complaints to the result was ignored by Klein.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: This film was last available on the free market (on VHS and laserdisc) in 1981. It has been pulled until it can be remade into something that the current heads of Apple (Paul, Ringo, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison) can find acceptable. Even after the release of Let It Be...Naked (a remix of the Let It Be album), it hasn't been a high priority. Netflix had it for some time, but it vanished again.
  • Missing Episode: See above.
  • Old Shame: The reason why the film has not been readily available for decades is that none of the Beatles were very proud of it at the time, and they're even less so now.
  • Throw It In: Lots of studio chatter is thrown into the songs on the album, including the "passed the audition" quote, which closes the album in the same way it closes the film.
    • Lennon's terrible bass playing on "The Long and Winding Road" remains on the final album because the band abandoned the song long before he had learned the chords properly.
  • Troubled Production: Owing to the fame of its subjects, and the all-too-obvious difficulties they were experiencing during its making, Let It Be is basically Troubled Production: The Rockumentary and the ur-example for many subsequent films about musicians disagreeing with each other.
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