Ringo Starr says director Peter Jackson's new documentary of the Beatles' 1969 Let It Be sessions shows a truer look at the band that the original film. The new doc, The Beatles: Get Back, is based around 56 hours of never-released footage of the group rehearsing and recording at Twickenham Film Studios and Apple Studios, shot between January 2nd and January 31st, 1969. The full-length, new movie is set to hit theaters on August 27th.
During a chat with USA Today, Ringo said the new film is far better than director Michael Lindsey-Hogg's primarily downbeat 1970 Let It Be feature: “Yeah, I'm always moaning that the Michael Lindsay-Hogg (documentary) was miserable and it was. It was based on a couple of seconds of what two guys (Paul McCartney and George Harrison) went through. We had lots of those moments, but we had a lot of loving, too, and that was never shown. I love Peter and I love what he's doing. Everyone will be amazed.”
We caught up with Ringo and he explained why the upcoming Get Back film bests the long out-of-print final Beatles film: “On the roof was seven minutes, eight minutes-long. On the roof with Peter is 43 minutes long (laughs). . . that’s. . . Y’know, it’s about the music — and a lot of joy. Y’know, I didn’t feel any joy in the original documentary. The fact that we found 56 hours of unused video tells you everything, really. And I said — ‘There’s lots of laughter (in that footage) — I was there! We were laughin’, we were having fun. We were playin’, y’know, we were doin’ what we do. It’s full of fun.' I mean, there was a lot of joy in makin’ those records.”