Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

Directed by Andrew Solt

Narrated by John Lennon

This is one of the best documentaries of someone I have seen. Mainly because it uses over 100 interviews and Lennon is the one talking about his life. Lennon is one of the few celebrities that really is an open book. Through his music and in interviews he always was honest about his life. 

In the documentary, we are able to learn from John about his childhood. We learn how the loss of his mother affected him for the rest of his life. We then hear from John his views on The Beatles and their success to his work as a solo artist. 

The documentary has value and can be trusted because besides using Lennon’s own point of view as narration, those interviewed are those who were close to him and not biographers that just state what they know. The documentary interviews Cynthia Lennon, Julian Lennon, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon. Sadly, the presence of the other Beatles was missing, but I read that they declined to participate, but they always found it hard to talk about him after his death. 

It is a very interesting look at the life of a man and his music. A man that dreamed of reaching success in music and ended up being part of the most successful band in rock history.

I think they were careful and handled the sad moment in December 8, 1980, when he was gunned down. They did not go into details or named the man who did it, they just showed people mourning and singing his songs in New York.

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