Saw Magical Mystery Tour For The First Time; Did I Miss Something?I am certain I first heard about the Beatles' movie "Magical Mystery Tour" on Christmas day 1972 (before most of you EPeeps were born) when WLS, an AM station out of Chicago, ran an all-day-long documentary on the Beatles. (I really mean all day: I listened to the last hour in the dark with a little round speaker attachment as I lay in bed.) They said it was a big flop when it debuted on British TV in 1967. That was explained with reference to the BBC showing it in black and white when it was meant to be seen in color. I felt like I would like to see it; surely something by the Beatles would have to be good.
Well, almost exactly forty years later, last night I finally got to see the movie Magical Mystery Tour on PBS during their pledge week, when they bring out all the really good programming, especially musical........It was AWFUL!
The long segments with the people on the bus tour seemed utterly boring and pointless to me. You keep waiting for them to get over with this crap and get to the next song. But there weren't that many songs, and some were by other performers. I read on Wikipedia that "mystery tours" were some kind of big thing in the UK back then.
Was this really a very clever satirical or sardonic work decipherable only to or capable of being appreciated only by those deeply immersed in British culture? Or was it just like it seemed to me : one of the worst movies I've ever seen?
conceptualclarity 51-55, M 4 Responses 1 Dec 15, 2012