The documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, directed by Martin Scorsese, is an entertaining and even surprising look at the former Beatle, who died of cancer in 2001. Surprising only because longtime fans might think there isn't anything new to learn.
There are no great revelations in the film, but Scorsese's loving portrait of the pop star who wrote Here Comes the Sun is revealing of the man.
Using previously unseen footage and new interviews with pals Eric Clapton and Tom Petty as well as Harrison's widow, Olivia, and their son, Dhani, the documentary shows the many sides of the so-called "quiet Beatle."
For someone who didn't care about his legacy, he was fond of keeping mementos from his career. And he was a believer in an afterlife, but he didn't have a problem enjoying himself.
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Perhaps one of the most emotionally dramatic moments of the documentary is when Olivia Harrison discusses a 1999 event when a man broke into the couple's home and stabbed her husband several times. George Harrison — known for his pacifism — and his wife eventually subdued the intruder. Rather than be completely shaken by the incident, it seemed to simply create another opportunity for the thoughtful Harrison to examine his life.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World retails for $24.98 on DVD or Blu-ray.