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THE BEATLES 1964 DETROIT CONCERT FILM WITH COPYRIGHT
The following account from a documentary film maker is presented on behalf of the original owner of this historically significant Beatles artifact: The Beatles Unseen Detroit Olympia 8mm Color Film - September 6, 1964 (afternoon performance) * Sold with copyright
In an age where every media appearance by the Beatles has been documented in one form or another, the last frontier for the serious collector has become privately shot "small gauge" films-better known as home movies! As a collector of Beatles media for over thirty years, and currently at work on a Beatles documentary, I've been lucky to see many of the100+ small gauge films of the Beatles which are known to exist, aside from those used in popular documentaries like "Anthology". Portions of many can be found circulating on underground DVD compilations, usually suffering from poor quality telecine transfers (the process of copying film onto digital video tape) and excessive data compression (featuring that unnatural movement and "watching through a screen door" look). Add to this that most filmmakers were using cheap equipment while trying to shoot amid a howling wail of Beatlemania and you can understand the preponderance of mediocre results. This film from the Beatles' first ever show in Detroit stands in unique contrast to all of the above!
It's ironic that The Fab Four's visits to a city whose music so strongly influenced them are practically undocumented, but even in the most elite of collecting circles no one has turned up any footage of The Beatles playing in Detroit. No news footage, no homefootage, nothing but a handful of photos. Until now! During research for my upcoming film "I Wanna Be Your Fan", I came to know the filmmaker of these amazing two reels (10 minutes) of 8mm silent color Kodachrome from the afternoon performance on September 6, 1964 at the Detroit Olympia. The teenage filmmaker had access to the best film, the best camera (Bolex with zoom lens) and his choice of the best seat in the house to film from! His friend's dad was the GM of the facility, and so he had his pick of where to film from. Positioned in the first row of a lower balcony, slightly above stage level on the "Paul" side, it served as a perfect vantage point with unobstructed views. The film sequence views like a mini documentary; we see scenes of fans and arriving DJ's out in back of the Olympia before the show, inside we see the band climb on stage and joyously perform parts of eight songs before they are escorted to safety by police at gig's end. There's great interplay between Paul and Ringo throughout and as the filmmaker was himself a drummer, we see more of Ringo than is usually the case. A quick pan of the departing audience and views of creative home-made signs held by