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Rated NR · 94 minutes · 2011

Documentary, Music documentary
Documentary makers David and Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens) scored one of their first big assignments following the Beatles around during the band's first visit to New York in 1964, so there's a nice symmetry to Albert having directed this behind-the-scenes documentary of Paul McCartney as he rehearses for and performs in the Concert for New York City in October 2001. The most interesting sequences show the musician strolling down 44th Street and coaching his limo driver on how to ditch a couple of dogged fans; though he's remarkably obliging to people on the street, this is clearly a man who's learned to set limits. Eventually the movie devolves into song snippets from the show and backstage chit-chat with visiting celebrities (Bill Clinton, Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford), before McCartney drags all the performers back onstage to sing his godawful 9/11 song, "Freedom."
Director: Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan

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