The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (1991)


The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (1991)

Maysles brothers documentary covering the first arrival of "Beatlemania" in the U.S., as well at the band's historical appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
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Director Kathy Dougherty
Director Susan Froemke
Director Albert Maysles
Director David Maysles
Release Date1964-12-14
Runtime1h 23mins
GenreDocumentary, Music
Content Rating
Awards1 nomination.
CompanyApple Corps
Self (archive footage)
Self (archive footage)
Self (archive footage)
Self (archive footage)
Self (archive footage)
Mal Evans
Mal Evans
Self (archive footage)
Self (archive footage)
Self (archive footage)
Ralph Renick
Ralph Renick
Announcer (The Ed Sullivan Show) (voice)
Murray the 'K'
Murray the 'K'
Self - DJ, New York (archive footage)
Themselves (archive footage)
Self (archive footage)

The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit

The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit is a 1990 re-edited version of renowned documentary filmmaking team Albert and David Maysles' 1964 16mm documentary What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A., about the Beatles' first visit to America in February 1964. It documents the Beatles' US trip as they travel to New York City, Washington, D.C., and Miami Beach. Footage of the Beatles (often acting irreverently in front of the camera) in hotel rooms makes up the majority of the non-musical portion of the film.

The main difference between the original 1964 documentary and the 1990 re-edited version is that 22 minutes of the Beatles' live recorded performances on The Ed Sullivan Show have been inserted in the 1990 release. However, as the 1964 documentary is 81 minutes long and the 1990 version is 83 minutes, some 20 minutes of the 1964 documentary have been excluded, such as several scenes with Brian Epstein.

The original film premiered on 13 November 1964 as a special episode of the CBS variety series The Entertainers. It is still being shown at various festivals, such as the Silverdocs in 2008, and was also shown at a special screening at the Maysles Cinema in New York on 18 November 2011 in honour of Albert Maysles' 85th birthday.

Track listing

The Ed Sullivan Show (NYC #1)

The Washington Coliseum Concert

The Ed Sullivan Show (Miami)

The Ed Sullivan Show (NYC #2)

In addition to the live performances, there are also studio Beatles recordings heard on the program's soundtrack. Among them are "She Loves You", "I Saw Her Standing There", "Love Me Do", "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "It Won't Be Long". Other recordings featured are "Navy Blue" by Diane Renay and "Pride and Joy" by Marvin Gaye.

External links

  • Article about the film on the Beatles official website
  • The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit at IMDB
  • Article in The Huffington Post about the 1964 documentary Retrieved 2012-01-28