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John Lennon and Andrew Solt - Imagine: John Lennon (1988) Directed by Andrew Solt

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John Lennon
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Richard Lester and John Lennon

Imagine: John Lennon Review


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Part rediscovery, part reinvention, Imagine: John Lennon portrays Lennon the icon. There are enough personal glimpses to make it worthwhile, even moving -- but watching Lennon clown around with his mates in A Hard Day's Night might be a better way to remember the man.

The best thing about this biopic is the footage of Lennon in his Beatles days -- a witty young cutup who wrote songs that were whimsical, mystical, introspective, and mostly apolitical. Lennon's first overt political statement, "Revolution," which is included, was actually anti-political ("You say you want to change the Constitution / You better free your mind instead."). In 1968, that was a message that needed to be heard. Unfortunately, Lennon met mediocre avant-garde artist Yoko Ono that same year. Lennon always loved being the center of attention, but Ono encouraged his narcissistic tendencies, and most of Imagine: John Lennon focuses on the years when her influence on him was greatest.

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Whirlpool Review


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Hypnosis is always good for thriller fodder: Here we have poor Gene Tierney, a shoplifter, used and abused by a crackpot hypnotist named Korvo (José Ferrer), much to the chagrin of hubby Richard Conte (a psychologist in his own right). Korvo uses Tierney's Ann Sutton by framing her for his dirty work, but the inability of Conte's supposedly genius husband to put any of the mystery together (or the cops, for that matter), make Whirlpool a rather tedious affair.
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