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:: Stuart Sutcliffe: The Lost Beatle

This beautifully crafted documentary tells the story of John Lennon’s best friend and original Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe. With a line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe, the Beatles began touring Germany in 1960. There they found their first tastes of fame and Sutcliffe found an all-consuming love with artist Astrid Kirchherr. Sutcliffe’s love for Kirchherr and his desire to be a painter pull him away from the band. The film makes the case for Sutcliffe’s being a major artist had he not died so young.

Dying at just 21 years of age from a mysterious brain condition, Sutcliffe's short life has often been shrouded in mystery.

Focusing on the years 1959 to 1962, from the time Sutcliffe first met John Lennon through to his untimely death, this documentary attempts to convey just how important a role Sutcliffe played in his brief life span. It follows his meeting of the Beatles through to the circumstances surrounding his death. Interviewing his sister Pauline, girlfriend Kirchherr, the original manager of the Beatles Allan Williams - as well as other friends and acquaintances - the documentary attempts to paint an intimate portrait of a life that even those close to him knew very little about.

The unfortunate thing is that there is very little film available of Sutcliffe at work or play, so it is only through these personal accounts that modern audiences can ever really get to ‘know’ him. A fascinating character study,

DVD Extras

The only bonus feature is a collection of Sutcliffe‘s art in the Gallery (2:19). It plays itself in a 'virtual gallery’ to that 10-second loop of “Jealous Guy”.

There are also some Umbrella trailers for Ringo Star and His All Starr Band; Paul McCartney: Paul is Live in Concert on the New World Tour; The Rutles: All You Need is Cash and Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey.