“Help!” could have been x-rated says producer as remaster shown

I love how sugar coated and thinly veiled things were in the early part of the 1960’s.  Could you imagine if some of the rumored expacades that the Fab Four had (with the ladies) were actually played out in film?  A Hard Day’s Night was a nice glossed-over version of the wacky like of being a Beatle, but imagine if their next film really show it, warts and all.

I can picture a lot of the teeny boppers in the early 1960’s not being able to handle the true sexual appetite(s) of The Beatles.  It’s one thing to fantasize about the boys, but following through with it was a completely different animal.  Imagine what help would have been if it were not a spy spoof with that wacky boy Ringo as the lead protagonist….

Richard Lester explains it all here too.

Here’s what we’ve read.

“We couldn’t have shot a film about what the Beatles got up to at night as it would have been X-rated,” US producer Richard Lester joked as he presented the remastered version of “Help!”, starring the Beatles, at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

The 1965 work was a follow-up to “A Hard Day’s Night” and thus marked the second big screen appearance of the “fab-four” from Liverpool.

Monday saw the remastered work shown in all its restored and digitised glory ahead of the November release of a two-disc DVD set including a documentary on the making of the film.

After “A Hard Day’s Night” examined a “typical” day in the life of the four superstars, Lester told a press conference that a look at their nocturnal side risked being ill-advised, hence the decision to make the second film an “adventure”.

Not only that, but one starring Ringo “as he always appeared the most vulnerable” of the quartet, more so than songwriter duo John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

“He always stayed in the background, playing the drums, without talking to anyone. He was perfect” for the role assigned him, explained Lester, addressing his audience in Spanish.

The zany comedy with the Beatles’ unmistakeable soundscape involves a sacred ruby ring coming into Ringo’s hands, prompting an exotic religious cult to pursue him and force the group to go on the run from Britain to the Bahamas in a series of batty but exuberant escapades.

Classic tunes include, naturally, “Help,” as well as “Ticket to Ride,” and “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.”

The group penned 10 songs for the film and Lester then whittled them down to eight.

“I wasn’t too worried about the words. I based my choice on their rhythm,” Lester explained.

The remastered version is the same length as the original, coming in at 90 minutes, but does include a few minutes worth of bonus material.

The master tapes no longer exist.

“In the 1960s, when you shot a film, a year after it was sent up for distribution, the non-used scenes were destroyed as hanging onto them was a very costly business,” Lester, who also produced “Superman,” explained.

“Everything is as it was 42 years ago. There haven’t been any changes, not even minor ones.

“The music has been remixed by technicians at Abbey Road,” the Beatles’ legendary studio and hit factory.

Lester, who directed other major stars including Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery and Buster Keaton, regards himself as having retired from the scene in the early 1990s.

But he has lost none of his trademark humour.

“For 40 years I always had the same nightmare that I was unemployed. For the past 15 years, it’s been the nightmare in reverse.

“I dream I’m still at work!”

Source: AFP

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One Response

  1. i always thought that ringo would start his own porn line eventually, maybe even as director… and actor! like snoop doggs doggystyle.
    eventually he probably will.. cas i can just sooo see this happening in the future.

    you heard it here first haha

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