Ron Howard’s Beatles Documentary Is Headed to Cannes
A new Beatles documentary purporting to offer viewers an intimate look at the band's early years will seek studio suitors at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
Variety reports that the still-untitled film by director Ron Howard will "launch international sales" at the festival, scheduled to be held May 13-24. According to Nigel Sinclair of White Horse Pictures, a partner in the project, the film provides "an all-access backstage VIP pass to the Beatles, giving fans fascinating insights on the band, and the ability to experience what it was like on the inside."
As previously reported, the movie traces the band's rise from 1960-66, and uses new technology to repair and sync footage from shows — including early performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, Hamburg concerts and the Beatles' final tour stop at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966 — and present what Howard refers to as "a dramatic transformation in terms of global culture and these remarkable four individuals, who were both geniuses and also entirely relatable."
"We are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found, that was all shot silent. We’ll not only be able to digitally repair a lot of that, but we’ve also been finding the original recordings," enthused Howard when the project was initially announced. "We can now sync it up and create a concert experience so immersive and so engaging, I believe you’re going to actually feel like you’re somewhere in the '60s, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that’s a fantastic challenge."
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