Beatles Marathon

(Rochester, NY) – Fans of British rock sensations The Beatles will not want to miss Sunday, December 16, 2012 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11for a special line-up of films all about this famous group! The fun begins at 2 p.m. with Great Performances: Magical Mystery Tour Revisited, a documentary featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage about The Beatles’ 1967 film. Fittingly, Great Performances: Magical Mystery Tour airs at 3 p.m., a showcase for the Fab Four’s idiosyncratic sense of humor. After, learn the fascinating stories of the profound influence The Beatles held in Soviet Russia at 4 p.m. with How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin

Magical Mystery Tour Revisited, airing at 2 p.m. explores the making of a lesser-known film starring The Beatles. Produced at the peak of Beatlemania in 1967, Magical Mystery Tour is the least known of the various films starring The Beatles. It was never theatrically released or nationally broadcast on U.S. television, receiving only sporadic TV syndication in the 1980s. This documentary chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film and provides context for “the summer of love” era that set the scene for its production. This program rebroadcasts at 11 p.m. that same evening.

Released in 1967, Magical Mystery Tour, airing at 3 p.m., was arguably ahead of its time, with a mostly improvised and loosely plotted script based around a surreal dreamlike coach trip to an unknown destination. The film is a showcase for six classic tracks including like “I Am the Walrus,” “The Fool on the Hill” and “Your Mother Should Know” and features John, Paul, George and Ringo as themselves. On the coach, they’re joined for a series of episodic misadventures by a cast of eccentric characters, including Auntie Jessie, tour director Jolly Jimmy Johnson, tour hostess Miss Wendy Winters and conductor Buster Bloodvessel. This program rebroadcasts at 12 a.m. that same evening.

How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, airing at 4 p.m., tells the extraordinary and untold story of how the Beatles punctured the Iron Curtain. In a personal journey through Russia by award-winning director Leslie Woodhead, he tells in first-person accounts the story of a secret revolution which contributed to the fall of communism. This film introduces the world to the Russian Beatles generation and hears personal stories about how the Fab Four changed their lives, gave them hope, and helped to undermine the foundations of the Soviet system.

Image: The Beatles perform "I Am The Walrus” for the film Magical Mystery Tour.
Image credit: Courtesy of Apple Films, Ltd. 



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