The Beatles

Love Me Do: A Documentary

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Writer/producer/director Richard Driscoll's 85-minute documentary film Love Me Do is a collection of interviews with people who knew the Beatles, especially in their early days in Liverpool, and newsreel footage. It appears that Driscoll got hold of an interview with actor Victor Spinetti (who co-starred in the Beatles films A Hard Day's Night, Help!, and Magical Mystery Tour, and was a particular friend of John Lennon's) and added to it with shorter interviews with such associates as musician Tony Sheridan (who was the singer on the 1961 Beatles recording of "My Bonnie"), as well as, for example, Billy Kinsley of the Merseybeats, another Liverpool group. The interview material is interspersed with familiar news reports, such as John Lennon's explanation of his remarks about the Beatles being more popular than Jesus Christ and Paul McCartney's admission of taking LSD. In editing, Driscoll likes to manipulate his images, so that a particular shot may be squeezed or elongated as another shot is added on the screen, sometimes to distracting effect. More of a problem is the organization of the material; the story seems to go back and forth almost randomly, so that the film doesn't really tell the Beatles' story in a chronological, coherent manner for anyone who doesn't already know it. For those who do know the story, Love Me Do may provide the odd entertaining anecdote (Spinetti, who has the most screen time and is the most articulate, contributes several), but this video must be considered a minor addendum to the shelf of Beatles visual documents, not an essential one. (As a bonus, there is a ten-minute interview with the Beatles' first manager, Allan Williams, whose comments really should have been integrated into the film itself.)

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