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A surreal, half-fiction, half real life footage of a day in the life of John lennon and Yoko Ono, composed to music from John's historic 'Imagine' album and Yoko's 'Fly'.

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John Lennon, Yoko Ono

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John Lennon (by), Yoko Ono (by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Lennon ... Self
Yoko Ono ... Self
Fred Astaire ... Self
Dick Cavett ... Self
George Harrison ... Self
Jonas Mekas ... Self
Jack Palance ... Self
Desire de Freitas Desire de Freitas ... Self
Setsuko Ono Setsuko Ono ... Self
Daniel Richter ... Self (as Dan Richter)
Diana Robertson ... Self
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Imagine is a cinematic collage of color, sound, dream and reality. Produced and directed by John and Yoko and including numerous friends and collaborators like George Harrison, Fred Astaire, Andy Warhol, Dick Cavett, Jack Palance and Jonas Mekas. The music film features a different visual treatment for every song, and follows John and Yoko during the recording sessions for the Imagine album in both the UK and New York, as they co-produced the record with Phil Spector. The 2018 re-released Imagine movie has been restored frame-by-frame, from the original reels with the audio remix by triple GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, Paul Hicks. It is accompanied by 15 minutes of never-before-seen extras including studio footage of John and his band (including George Harrison, Nicky Hopkins from the Rolling Stones, Alan White from Yes and Klaus Voormann) performing "How Do You Sleep?" and "Oh My Love" in a specially created Dolby Atmos surround sound "raw studio" mix that would put you in the ...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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(original) | (theatrical release) (2018)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although the "Imagine" music video has shown up in many places since, the other videos in this film have rarely been seen outside of this film although the footage from them has usually been made up to be other Lennon videos in compilations such as Lennon Legend. See more »

Alternate Versions

The current video version is actually a shortened version of the original feature length film. Here are the changes:
  • Mind Train has been completely edited out.
  • Yoko's Whisper Piece, which originally came after Mind Train, has been deleted.
  • Midsummer New York has been cut out.
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The Real John
9 August 2014 | by joeventuraaSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this and there is a scene where two young men seem to have hid out on his property in England. John meets them at the front door and talks to them. He treats them with dignity and actually tries to break down the idol of being a Beatle and let them know he is just like them, a man.

Now he could have got some security or whatnot, but he doesn't. He speaks to them and invites them in for something to eat. It was touching...he asks them if they are hungry twice. This was the real John imo. He knew he was a freak of nature as a Beatle...something from another planet for most people like meeting Elvis only to find out he takes a crap and eats breakfast just like you and I. John actually mentioned the crap thing to bring his point home to the guys.

I think this idol worship when met can be either a great disappointment or a moment of reality for some. This is a good documentary of a man who could stand in the room as just a guy and also as a living legend both at the same time. In the end, the line between crazy fame and just being a down and out guy is not too far apart if you peel away the talent of one over the other.

Probably .001% of the population can relate to being literally world famous. I don't think John had any idea how to deal with this so he seems to have chosen to ignore it. He seems very normal and nonchalant by his tremendous fame. This is the power of music, marketing, TV, radio and whatnot.


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