It’s big, big news to say the least that Martin Scorsese is going to direct a biographical documentary about the life of George Harrison. According to Variety, "Scorsese will produce with Harrison’s widow Olivia and Nigel Sinclair in a co-production between Scorsese’s Sikelia Prods., Harrison’s Grove Street Prods., and Sinclair’s Spitfire Pictures." I’d almost rather see this one as a fiction offering.
But Scorsese, thus far, has been brilliant at documentaries.
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan – It was a truly insightful look into the life of the enigmatic icon. No, it wasn’t Don’t Look Back, a true classic. But in many ways, Scorsese’s Dylan was a lot more about the history rather than a profle.
The Blues — I didn’t think anyone could come close to the subtle, bluesy feeling of Robert Palmer’s book, Deep Blues. But Scorsese hooked me with the first episode of this PBS series.
The Last Waltz — This was The Band’s last hurrah, and although it was a concert film, the things that were said, and, mainly, the things that were left unsaid, made this Scorsese finest documentary film.
So, yes, Scorsese is going to do a nearly perfect job with the quirky, quiet Harrison. And I can’t wait to see what they do with that strange doctor who ‘cared’ for him during his last days.Read More