Beatles - John Lennon and Yoko Ono Never-Before-Seen 16mm ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionBeatles - John Lennon and Yoko Ono Never-Before-Seen 16mm Film Footage (1969). The original reel of 16mm shot in November 1969 when the couple was vacationing in Greece; consigned directly by Nico Mastorakis, a then Greek newspaper journalist and TV host, who shot the actual footage himself with a hand-held 16mm Bolex; the film is 2 minutes and 43 seconds with no sound, depicting the couple first in a hotel suite with mainly Greek reporters where John plays with a video camera, talks to the filmmaker, and writes on a notepad; then the couple walk outside as John puts on an army jacket while he and Yoko talk to fans on the street; the footage ends with the couple posing in Constitution Square [in Athens] as a crowd is gathered around them; unfortunately, the indoor footage is overexposed so John and Yoko's faces are somewhat washed out (though it's still evident it's them), but the outdoor footage is much better; overall, it's fascinating to see the young couple walking around the city streets of Athens, happy and alive; according to Mastorakis, shortly after he made this quick film, he took Lennon to a fortune teller who predicted that Lennon would get "shot on an island;" this prophecy spooked the couple so much that they cut their Greek visit short; tragically, eleven years later, the omen came true but on the island of Manhattan; included with the footage is a signed letter from Mastorakis outlining how he met Lennon and how he came to make this film; further included is a digital file of the footage.
Reel diameter: 4"; Film: 16mm
Please note this footage can be improved dramatically with the proper video transfer.
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