Let It Be (1970 film)

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Let It Be is a 1970 British documentary film starring the Beatles and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The film documents the group's rehearsing and recording songs in January 1969 for what was to become their twelfth and final studio album Let It Be. The film includes an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, the last public performance of the four together.

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Let It Be
Directed byMichael Lindsay-Hogg
Produced byNeil Aspinall
StarringThe Beatles
CinematographyAnthony B. Richmond
Edited byTony Lenny
Music byJohn Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release dates
  • 13 May 1970 (1970-05-13) (New York City)
  • 20 May 1970 (1970-05-20) (United Kingdom)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film was originally planned as a television documentary that would accompany a concert broadcast. When plans for the concert broadcast were dropped, the project became a feature film production. Although the film does not dwell on the dissension within the group at the time, it provides some glimpses into the dynamics that would lead to their break-up. After the film's release, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.

The film Let It Be has not been officially available on home video since the 1980s, although original and bootleg copies of the film still circulate, and early attempts to release the film on DVD and Blu-ray did not come to fruition.[1] Footage filmed for Let It Be was later utilised for Peter Jackson's 2021 documentary The Beatles: Get Back.