A Tribute to John Lennon

Friday, October 8, 2010 to Friday, December 31, 2010,
The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019

Screening Fridays at 3:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm

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In conjunction with our tribute to John Lennon on his 70th birthday, the Paley Center screens four essential documentaries that reveal and illuminate his artistic, political, and private facets.


Screening Fridays: October 8, 15, and 22; Saturdays: October 16 and 23

(Also screening in the Spielberg Gallery on October 9, Lennon’s birthday)

Imagine: John Lennon

Legendary producers David Wolper and Andrew Solt transform a wealth of archival footage into an absorbing portrait of the professional and private John Lennon. Delving into Lennon’s own collection of 240 hours of material, the filmmakers have assembled a complex and haunting work worthy of John’s artistic legacy. (1988; 100 minutes)

Screening Fridays: October 29 and November 5 and 12; Saturdays: October 30 and November 6 and 13

What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.

This landmark documentary by the Maysles Brothers is a candid look of the Beatles’ 1964 tour of the United States, as well as a major statement in cinema-verité filmmaking. The film catches the humor and camaraderie of the young band as they run from fans and perform for their adoring audience. The Paley Center is pleased to screen the complete version, which is rarely screened. (1964; 81 minutes)

Screening Fridays: November 19, 26, and December 3; Saturdays: November 20, 27, and December 4
(Also screening in the Spielberg Gallery on October 9, Lennon’s birthday)
(Note: the Nov. 27 screening will be in the Spielberg Gallery)

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

This acclaimed documentary by the team of David Leaf and John Scheinfeld explores the provocative political activity of John Lennon and the backlash he received for his outspoken advocacy. The film explains how Lennon’s activism against the war in Vietnam made him a threatening figure in the eyes of the Nixon administration. (2006; 96 minutes)

Screening Fridays: December 10, 17, 24, and 31; Saturdays: December 11 and 18

Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon’s Imagine Album

Producer/director Andrew Solt examines the creative process behind one of the most influential albums of all time, Imagine. The film reveals many facets of the Lennon persona as he creates stirring music at his Tittenhurst Park estate in Ascot England. (2000; 60 minutes)

This Boy… John Lennon in Liverpool

Steven Spielberg Gallery (NY)

October 6 to December 31, 2010

To celebrate the anniversary of John Lennon’s birth on October 9, the Paley Center presents the first comprehensive exhibit of photographs from his youth, with rare images of his first band, the Quarrymen, which eventually became the Beatles. Includes some of the earliest images of Paul McCartney and then George Harrison joining the group, plus a video of John speaking about these formative years.

In 1971 John Lennon reflected on the Beatles phenomenon, stating that “the first thing we did was to proclaim our Liverpoolness to the world.” Because of media, people around the globe quickly seized the Beatles’ style and sensibility, often not realizing the roots of their revolution. As we commemorate John Lennon’s 70th birthday, the Paley Center returns to the city that nourished him and his bandmates. In these rare photographs we see the beginnings of the Beatles, whose music would eventually transform society and culture here, there, and everywhere.

This exhibit, cocurated by the Paley Center’s Ron Simon with Beatles scholar Martin Lewis and Quarrymen founder/member Rod Davis, is the first comprehensive look at John in his beloved Liverpool.

“These timeless images capture the beginnings of the journey John embarked on from Liverpool so many years ago. The little boy and the growing teenager that we see in these photographs give us a glimpse of the remarkable man he became. As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of John’s birth – we draw inspiration from his passion for life and his many achievements. This Boy came from Liverpool – and then he gave himself to the world. Imagine.. “
Yoko Ono Lennon

Funding for the Paley Center’s John Lennon tribute is provided by
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Advertising Week, and
Richard Kandel through the Theodore & Renee Weiler Foundation.

Watch the Associated Press’s story on the Paley Center’s John Lennon tribute.

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