Yellow Submarine


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Next wednesday we will be holding a FREE film screening of The Beatles Yellow Submarine. First come, first serve. Seats will be limited, come early.

Taken from wikipedia:

Released at the height of the psychedelic pop culture period of the 1960s, the movie Yellow Submarine was a box-office hit, drawing in crowds both for its lush, wildly creative images, and its soundtrack of Beatles songs. The original story was written by Lee Minoff, based on the song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and the screenplay penned by four collaborators including Erich Segal. The recurring line “It’s all in the mind” is taken from The Goon Show.

As with many motion picture musicals, the music takes precedence over the actual plot, and most of the story is a series of set-pieces designed to present Beatles music set to various images, in a form reminiscent of Walt Disney‘s Fantasia (and foreshadowing the rise of music videos and MTV fifteen years later). Nonetheless, the movie still presents a modern-day fairy tale that caters to the ideals of the “love generation”.

The dialogue is littered with punsdouble entendres, and Beatles in-jokes, many scripted by poet Roger McGough. “Blue Meanies” is sometimes used as a slang term for the police, although many viewers will have missed this (see List of slang terms for police officers). The term “Blue Meanies” is actually a metaphor for bad people in government and corporations, who force their wills on good people (Pepperlanders), and carelessly deplete and ruin the natural environment, resources, colour and landscape. They are carefree about their destructive ways and will do whatever necessary to crush those (the Beatles) who oppose them.

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