Also films featuring Yoko Ono as an actress.
Sony/The Weinstein Company, January 25th 2011
98 minutes. "On 1970's "Mother," John Lennon sang, "You had me, but I never had you." Fine artist-turned-filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood delves into the story behind those words, starting with a 15-year-old Lennon (Kick-Ass's Aaron Johnson, a star in the making), who lives in Liverpool with his impish uncle George (David Threlfall) and imperious aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas, all pin curls and British reserve). George's death spurs Lennon to seek out Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), his birth mother, who turns out to be surprisingly fun and flirtatious (their scenes together carry a subtle sexual tension). The mother of two daughters, Julia welcomes the opportunity to reconnect with her son, even if her common-law husband (David Morrissey, Duff's Is Anybody There? costar) doesn't share her enthusiasm. She introduces John to rock and roll and teaches him how to play the banjo--useful information when he switches to the guitar--but she also suffers from mood swings and can't always meet his emotional needs. Torn between the mother who raised him and the one who gave him life, John funnels his frustrations into music, forming the Quarrymen, but then he meets Paul McCartney (Bright Star's Thomas Sangster) and revamps the lineup to work in George Harrison and his art school colleague Stu Sutcliffe (whose biography formed the basis for Backbeat). As Lennon aficionados know, John's relationship with Julia didn't come to a happy end, but she would have a profound effect on his life--and provide the inspiration for this tenderhearted tribute."
A&E Home Video, 2010
112 minutes. "LENNONYC is the story of one of the most famous and influential artists of the Twentieth Century, and how he found redemption not in the public adoration he craved as a youth, but in the quiet and simple pleasures of fatherhood. And, though he wasn't a typical immigrant, his story is certainly an immigrant's tale. Lennon came to New York City in 1971, seeking what every other immigrant who has washed up on its shores has sought: freedom-the freedom to be himself and not 'Beatle John,' the freedom to love without the overwhelming public scorn he and Yoko had suffered in London, and, simply, the freedom to live a normal life. LENNONYC tells this story with never before-released in-studio recordings, concert film only recently transferred to HD, and a trove of Lennon/Ono compositions-some in versions previously unheard. It also contains interviews with those closest to Lennon during this period in his life-friend and photographer, Bob Gruen; musical collaborator and drummer, Jim Keltner; May Pang, Lennon's companion during his 'lost weekend;'rock superstar, Elton John; and Jack Douglas, the producer of Double Fantasy."
BBC Warner, 2010
90 minutes. "Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Heroes) stars as one of the most enduring and enigmatic figures of the 20th Century, John Lennon, in this riveting drama. One quarter of “The Fab Four,” peace activist, visual artist, and author, John Lennon was a man whose personal life was never short on drama, intrigue and eventually, conspiracy. Thirty years after his death, Lennon Naked presents an inside look at the hugely popular musician as he moved from a Beatle to an icon. It covers a period of wildly fluctuating fortunes from 1964 to 1971, a time of worldwide adulation at one extreme but a combination of frustration and despair at the other. From the death of father-figure and manager Brian Epstein, his break-up with first wife Cynthia and his fascinating love affair with Yoko Ono, through to his spiraling drug use and decision to leave England for New York, this is the story of an artist destroying everything to find himself. "
U.S. vs. john lennon
By David Leaf and John Scheinfeld
February 13th 2007
96 minutes."The compelling and provocative
story of John Lennon's evolution from beloved Beatle to outspoken artist and activist
to iconic inspiration for peace, and how, in the midst of one of the most tumultuous
times in American history, Lennon stood his ground, refused to be silenced and
courageously won his battle with the U.S. Government."
Japan this film will be released with a new title Peace Bed Amerika vs John Lennon
on December 8th 2007.
By Takahiko Iimura
Release date postponed
DVD will feature two films about Yoko Ono and her work by Takahiko Iimura.
of the half moon
Ono performing with Sean Lennon and Vincent Gallo, recorded live at Tonic on Feb.
19, 2005. Tonic sells this DVD at their website: "Did you miss Yoko Ono's
2005 Birthday benefit at Tonic? This special DVD contains 20 minutes of footage
including a performance of Snow Falls Silent, I Remember (I Miss You) and a beautiful
segment of the internationally acclaimed ONOCHORD.
Tonic was honored to host this event and here's your chance to catch a glimpse
dick cavett show - john lennon & yoko ono
Sony Music, 2005
Amazon: "John Lennon and Yoko
Onos two visits to The Dick Cavett Show stand out from their numerous television
appearances as their most relaxed, in-depth interviews. Clearly they enjoyed being
with Cavett. They even cast him in one of their films. The September 11, 1971,
show is notable as the first American television interview John gave after the
breakup of The Beatles. So comfortable were the Lennons that after the show was
over they continued talking with Cavett. The additional portions of that first
interview were shown as part of The Dick Cavett Show on September 24, 1971. During
that visit theyd discussed coming back and giving a live performance. True
to their word, for their appearance on Cavetts show on May 11, 1972, they
returned with Elephants Memory and each sang one song."
floyd - london 1966-1967
Navarre Corporation, 2005
"Short film showing Pink Floyd recording songs, for director Peter Whitehead's
1967 feature "Let's Spend Tonight In Swinging London". These sessions
were recorded on 01/11/67-01/12/67 at Sound Techniques in London. Also shown in
the film is the "14 Hour Technicolour Dream Extravaganza" happening
at Alexandra Palace, in London, in April 1967, which also featured Yoko Ono, on
the same bill. John Lennon & Indica Art Gallery owner John Dunbar are in the
audience." 30 min.
Although Yoko Ono is mentioned in
the DVD introduction, she does not appear in the actual footage: another woman
performs her Cut Piece at Alexandra Palace. In
reality this DVD is not about Pink Floyd's music or performance that much either:
it's basically an art film by Peter Whitehead.
By Frederick Baker
with John Lennon and Yoko Ono alias Bob Hewis and Ka Rudorfer DJ: Roedelius (composed
together with the Fratelli Brothers the original music for Imagine IMAGINE.) Related
image on the right.
legend - the very best of john lennon
Emi Distribution, 2003
"The late John Lennon's life and work are plainly visible in this stirring
collection of short films and music videos, some very familiar while others, produced
posthumously, will be new to many viewers. The set includes the classic "Imagine"
clip, which begins with a haunting scene of John and Yoko walking through an early
morning fog and concludes with Lennon's performance in an all-white room. More
rare is a Top of the Pops live performance of "Instant Karma" and a
wonderful film accompanying "Mind Games," in which a solo Lennon clowns
around Central Park, thrilling passersby, playing with kids, and dancing. "Woman"
is a montage of the last days and hours of Lennon's life, while "Watching
the Wheels" is a compilation of home movie footage from the star's semi-reclusive
Dakota years. Extras include a live "Slippin' and Slidin'," and a startling
bit of "Julia" absentmindedly picked on guitar."
together: a night for john lennon's words and music
Press release: "John Lennon's music and visions
of universal peace have continued to inspire the world even after his passing.
This special tribute brought prominent musical artists together on October 2nd,
2001, and was full of prayer and hope in the wake of the recent and tragic events
of September 11th, with proceeds going toward healing efforts for the City of
New York. Hosted by Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey, this all-star concert was
broadcast live on the WB Television Network and Turner Network Television from
Radio City Music Hall. Imagine (Yolanda Adams and Billy Preston), In My Life (Dave
Matthews), Revolution (Stone Temple Pilots), Dear Prudence (Alanis Morissette),
Across the Universe (Moby, Sean Lennon, and Rufus Wainwright), Strawberry Fields
Forever (Cyndi Lauper), Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (Marc Anthony), Mother (Shelby
Lynne), Instant Karma (Nelly Furtado and Dave Stewart), Jealous Guy (Lou Reed),
Nowhere Man (Natalie Merchant), Mind Games (Kevin Spacey), Come Together (Craig
David), This Boy (Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright), Julie (Sean Lennon), Give
Peace a Chance/Power to the People (Ensemble). Guest appearances by Kevin Bacon,
Benjamin Bratt, Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Dustin Hoffman, Yoko
Ono Lennon, Tim Roth, Leelee Sobieski, Kevin Spacey, and Ben Stiller."
for a sunrise
Promotional DVD, 2000
Yoko Ono book's CD's songs transformed into a visual experience. Tracklist:
1. The Paths 2. Are You Looking For Me? 3. It's Time for Action 4. Outtro. 24
& yoko's year of peace
Image Entertainment, 2000
release: "The year: 1969. Headlines blare war and civil unrest while John
Lennon and Yoko Ono are in love. The eccentic rock 'n' roll couple has just gotten
married, and more than happy to be together, they want to change the world. Lying
in a hotel bed surrounded by journalists, they announce their mission for peace
and invite the rest of the world to symbolically climb into bed with them and
share their dream. People call them silly, naive, even ridiculous, yet one famous
couple's bed-in spread new hope that there really could be an end to war, hate
and violence. Here is rare footage from that amazing time, including footage from
John and Yoko's wedding, the infamous bedside confrontation between John and conservative
cartoonist Al Capp, Lennon debating media expert Marshall McLuhan, and meeting
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Now twenty years after Lennon's murder,
Yoko and others involved in the peace mission reflect on the events of that magical,
and the Bed-Ins in 1969
some truth - the making of imagine
Movie Guide: "While Imagine wasn't John Lennon's first solo album, it was
the work that clearly reaffirmed his place as one of the leading pop music visionaries
of his day following the messy breakup of the Beatles in 1969. Gimme Some Truth:
The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album uses behind-the-scenes footage to document
the production of one of Lennon's most enduring works. The album itself also appears
in newly remixed and digitally remastered form, as approved by Yoko Ono."
douglas show with john lennon and yoko ono
videotapes which contain John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's five day long appearance
in The Mike Douglas Show in 1972. Rhino: "The Mike Douglas Show set was indeed
the brink of the Apocalypse as the shows cohosted by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
were taped. Much preparation and pre-production aside, nobody really knew what
was going to happen once the cameras started rolling. The Douglas talent bookers
had contacted the Lennons in mid- December '71, a few days after the couple had
appeared at the huge December 10 Free John Sinclair rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
with Rubin, Seale, and other activists in this new "Rock Liberation Front"
(as Rubin had dubbed it from the stage). (--) At the beginning of Day 1, the couple
brought out an empty canvas, which they and Mike signed. Other guests and studio
audience members would sign it during the week, and the finished Unfinished Painting
would be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity. The guest autographs
went great, except at the end of the week Unfinished Painting was also covered
with obscene epithets and drawings added by the five audiences. While passing
the Unfinished Painting out to the audience that first day, John and Yoko also
urged everyone to "reach out and touch" the person next to them, just
as a gesture of friendliness. That went okay; even Mike seemed to get into the
spirit. Yoko introduced her Mend Piece later that show, the idea being that you
start with a broken teacup, and piece it back together a little by little, day
by day, show by show, until it's whole again." Mike Douglas (1998): "John
and Yoko were on the right track - just way ahead of their time."
By Sarah Pirozek
Palm Pictures, 1998
Movie Guide: "Sarah Pirozek filmed this documentary combining interviews
with concert footage of the 1996 San Francisco Tibetan Freedom Concert, which
attracted 100,000 people to Golden Gate Park. The film's executive producer, Beastie
Boy Adam Yauch, is a Buddhist who initiated the concept of the annual concert.
Included are current-events clips (the Dalai Lama addressing Congress, President
Clinton announcing a continuation of trade despite China's treatment of Tibetans).
With numbers (or partial performances) from top groups (A Tribe Called Quest,
Beastie Boys, Bjork, De La Soul, Foo Fighters, Fugees, Richie Havens, John Lee
Hooker, Biz Markie, Tim Meadows, Yoko Ono, Pavement, Rage Against the Machine,
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins), this film was distributed
to one city at a time and marketed like a concert tour."
toronto/keep on rockin'
Pioneer LDCA, 1998 (DVD)
Live Peace in Toronto, 1988 (VHS)
All Movie Guide: "In
1969, John Lennon made his split from the Beatles official by making his first
concert appearance as a solo act; appearing with the hastily assembled Plastic
Ono Band (featuring Eric Clapton on guitar), he performed at a rock festival in
Toronto on a bill featuring some of the greatest performers of the first rock
era. This D.A. Pennebaker documentary of the show features one song each from
Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard, as well as Lennon's complete
rolling stones: rock and roll circus
Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
ABKCO Video, 1996
This performance video includes also music
performances by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. All Movie Guide: "Fans of late
'60s rock and roll will find this documentary to be a rare and precious jewel,
as it contains shining performances from such giants as The Rolling Stones, Eric
Clapton, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and The Who. Originally planned as a television
special in 1968, it was shelved shortly after filming because the manager of the
Stones, who were acting producers of the show, felt that another of the acts,
The Who, upstaged them. The show is set up as a circus with the musicians appearing
in elaborate psychedelic costumes. Other performers include Taj Mahal, Marianne
Faithfull, and the only recently formed Jethro Tull."
lennon and yoko ono: the bed-in
Music Video Dist., 1995
and the Bed-Ins in 1969
jonas in the desert
Director: Peter Sempel
All Movie Guide: "Evidently
shot over a decade, this documentary portrait of Lithuanian-born filmmaker-poet
Jonas Mekas examines his life and career as a director (The Brig, Guns of the
Trees), film critic (Village Voice), film historian, magazine editor (Film Culture),
teacher (NYU), film distributor (Film-Makers' Cooperative), and founder of Manhattan's
leading avant-garde film showcase (Anthology Film Archives). Mekas had a significant
influence on the New York avant-garde, as indicated in interview segments with
Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Martin Scorsese, Allen Ginsberg, and others. Past films
made by Mekas are seen in clips. German filmmaker Peter Sempel has chosen to assemble
this profile in an oblique and elliptical manner not inappropriate for his unique
the misfits - 30 years of fluxus
Director: Lars Movin
The promo-only video to accompany the release of
Onobox. Features an interview with Yoko Ono by Kate Pierson and the music videos
Walking On Thin Ice, Goodbye Sadness and Hell In Paradise. Yoko Ono's music videos
make this video release very intriguing and worth having. Seeing the music video
for Walking On Thin Ice for the first time was very touching for me because of
the way images of Yoko Ono intertwine with her brilliant and sad music.
john lennon video collection
EMI / Picture Music International, 1992
songs by John Lennon, for instance Give Peace A Chance, Cold Turkey, Power To
The People, Happy Xmas (War Is Over), Woman, Nobody Told Me and Jealous Guy, with
wonderful and classic John&Yoko footage. Six videos were specially created
by Yoko Ono for this video collection from her own archive material, and this
collection also includes live performances by John Lennon, for example Instant
Karma performed in Top Of The Pops.
Phil Niblock, Takahiko Iimura
Iimura's website: "An origin of art-performance, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik,
Dick Higgins, George Brecht, Allison Knowles, Ben Patterson, Jackson Mac Low and
Destroying a violin by Nam June Paik, and dressing with
bandage all the body of the players in a concert by Yoko Ono, with such radical
actions Fluxus shocked not only art world, but also a society at large.
of international avant-garde group, a Fluxus performance in New York, 1991, which
reproduced by the member of Fluxus, a historical performance, an origin of art-performance,
in early1960s, with the works of the artists: Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Dick Higgins,
George Brecht, Allison Knowles, Ben Patterson, Jackson Mac Low and etc. Video
version of unreleased documentary by Takahiko Iimura." 30 minutes.
tapes: vol. 1
All Movie Guide: "Learn about
the people involved in the peace movements of the '60s and the '80s with this
collection of interviews." Interview with Yoko Ono included." ->
John&Yoko and the Bed-Ins in 1969
cage: i have nothing to say and i am saying it
Kultur Video, 1990
Movie Guide: "John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It is a "performance
biography" of American avant-garde composer John Cage. The 56-minute program
takes an in-depth look at the man and the artist through interviews with Robert
Rauschenberg, Laurie Anderson, and Yoko Ono. Cage's silent piano piece, "4'33"",
is performed in full, and excerpts of pieces written for percussion instruments,
conch shells, and "five radios and a reader" are also featured. Cage's
collaborative work with choreographer Merce Cunningham is highlighted."
by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Yoko Ono performs as a bag lady in the movie. Yoko Ono about the film in "A Critical Cinema" by Scott MacDonald: "I was a bit concerned what it might mean to enact a bag lady, in terms of future projections. But I reasoned that there are actors who die many times in films, but live long lives, so actually enacting death makes their real lives longer. Well, in the first scene it was a beautiful April day, one of those I’m-glad-to-be-in-New-York days, and I’m wearing these rags and I’m pushing an empty baby carriage in this beautiful green environment. And as I was doing it, I remembered the song “Greenfield Morning” and the line, “I pushed an empty baby carriage all over the city.” That was the first song we recorded for Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band, and I think it’s in Grapefruit, too- I mean the instruction “Push an empty baby carriage”. So I’m pushing the baby carriage and I’m thinking I don’t want to know about this. That aspect of projection is interesting, isn’t it?"
rybezynski: a collection
live in new york city
Music Video Dist., 1989
"John Lennon and Yoko Ono, backed by the Elephant's Memory Band, play at
a benefit concert for mentally handicapped children. The Madison Square Garden
concert includes performances of the following songs: "Power to the People,"
"New York City," "It's So Hard," "Woman is the Nigger
of the World," "Sisters Oh," "Well Well Well," "Instant
Karma," "Mother," "Born in a Prison," "Come Together,"
"Imagine," "Cold Turkey," "Hound Dog," and "Give
Peace a Chance."
imagine: john lennon
Director: Andrew Solt
Warner Bros., 1988
was assembled from 240 hours of footage from Yoko Ono's personal archives: John
Lennon from the early days to the end. I have seen this document at least 20 times,
but still it manages to touch me deeply every time... This is the definite John
Lennon documentary, the one you should really watch and experience.
ono: then & now
Written and directed by Barbara Graustark
Home Entertainment, 1984
In this documentary Yoko Ono reflects
on her life, before and after John Lennon. An in-depth look at one of the best-known
women in contemporary pop culture. 56 minutes.
one step festival
A DVD of the Japanese
festival with Yoko Ono's related interview.
Filmed in 1972
A concert in aid of mentally disabled
children and adults in Madison Square Garden. John Lennon and Yoko Ono with Elephants
Memory band perform alongside with Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Sha Na Na.
ono: this is not here
Director: Takahiko Iimura
from the exhibition This Is Not Here from 1971.
director Takahiko Iimura about the footage: "A document of the Yoko Ono
retrospective art show with John Lennon as guest artist, "This is not here"
held at Everson Museum, New York, 1971. The film begins with Yoko's speech at
the press conference that continues throughout the film as she talks about "radical
art", a non-violent one, and advocates "total communication". Many
important art objects and installations of Yoko's are seen as the camera goes
along with Yoko and John through the installation. Allen Ginsberg and George Maciunas
were two of the many other guest artists who participated in the exhibition."
ten for two
Director: Steve Gebhardt
Produced by Joko Film, 1971
All Movie Guide: "If you
ever wondered why the U.S. government wanted to deport John Lennon, you have only
to look as far as this documentary, which was withheld from distribution for the
18 years it took to settle all the legal matters relating to the incident. In
fact, given the views of the F.B.I. and other government agencies at the time,
what is more surprising is that he was allowed back in. The cause for this documentary
is that, in 1970 or 71, John Sinclair was sentenced to a ten year prison term
for possession of two marijuana cigarettes; hence the documentary's title, Ten
for Two. This was no ordinary drug bust, as Sinclair was the head of the Rainbow
People's Party and the sentence he received was, in everyone's minds, political
punishment not commensurate with his crime. In protest, a large number of performers
and counter-culture protestors gathered for a concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The concert featured Stevie Wonder, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Alan Ginsberg and
many others. Political figures included Black Panther leader Bobby Seale, Rennie
Davis and Jerry Rubin, to name just a few. This documentary shows many of those
performances, and also shows Sinclair when, three days after the concert, he was
released from prison."
diaries, notes and sketches
Director: Jonas Mekas
All Movie Guide: "Underground
filmmaker Jonas Mekas presents a collection of home movies, outtakes and unfinished
projects. A picnic in Central Park with friends is show as are Allen Ginsberg
and Norman Mailer in an anti-war protest march. John Lennon and Yoko Ono are shown
in their celebrated honeymoon where they answer questions from the media in a
Toronto hotel room to promote peace."
Director: Ernie Pintoff
Movie Guide: "This film contains a collection of commercials, interviews,
and music featuring Joan Baez, Richard Pryor, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Lenny Bruce,
Andy Warhol, and Allen Ginsberg."
let it be
Apple / United Artists, 1970
All Movie Guide: "The dissolution
of the Fab Four is captured on camera in Michael Lindsay-Hogg's documentary, a
filmed record of the sessions for what would become the Beatles' final release,
Let It Be. (Abbey Road, cut shortly after these sessions, was in fact the group's
final recording, but it was released a year before these often-delayed songs.)
Included is footage shot at the famous rooftop concert that was the Fabs' final
live appearance. The Beatles are shown rehearsing, performing, arguing and recording
and allow the cameras to record their every word and note in the recording studio.
(--)" Also Yoko Ono can be seen in this film.
i won the war
Directed by Richard Lester
Movie Guide: "Among the first of the late 60s anti-war films that reflected
growing concern over the Vietnam War, How I Won the War takes a cold, dark look
at the Good War, World War II. In adapting Patrick Ryan's 1963 novel, screenwriter
Charles Wood and director Richard Lester offered a narrative fractured by characters
making side comments to the camera, stylized cinematography, inserts of newsreel
war footage, and plenty of absurdist humor and slapstick. Ernest Goodbody (Michael
Crawford) is a bumbling British officer who manages to get most of his small company
of musketeers killed while on a mission in North Africa to set up a cricket pitch
behind enemy lines for officers of the advancing British army. The rest of the
company dies in an ensuing campaign in Europe near the war's end, but all of the
men continue to march along, appearing as monochromatic ghosts. (Original prints
of the film intercut real battle footage tinted to match the color of the soon-to-be
ghost soldier. Some prints of the film, including one shown on Turner Classic
Movies, present the newsreel shots in black and white, undercutting the stylized
touch.) The story is framed as a flashback, with Goodbody relating his version
of events to a German officer (Karl Michael Vogler), while the real version of
events, demonstrating Goodbody's ineptitude, plays out on screen. Among the supporting
players are John Lennon, who had worked with Lester on A Hard Day's Night and
Help; Roy Kinnear, a Lester regular, as a fat soldier who is certain his wife
is cheating on him; Jack MacGowran as the troop's designated fool, and Michael
Hordern as a general almost as oblivious to his suffering men as Goodbody."
Director: Marshall Smith
Guide: "Yoko Ono, best known for her avant-garde music, art, and her marriage
to John Lennon, stars in this low-budget thriller that tells the story of a pusher's
girl friend who finds herself entangled in a deadly web after her lover decides
to stop selling dope. He is then pursued by three heroine addicts, and his supplier
who doesn't want to lose the income. Both sides decide to try to catch the girl
so they can lure the ex-dealer into their clutches. Fortunately, the addicts start
chasing the wrong girl. Unfortunately, the supplier captures and eventually kills
her, forcing her lover to return to dealing." An unfortunate B-movie.
Art films by Yoko Ono
films (1962-1970) online at UbuWeb
My playlist of Yoko Ono related material links on YouTube
The official Yoko Ono channel on YouTube