Screenings from The Paley Center for Media Collection

A Tribute to John Lennon

Oct 8, 2010 – Feb 27, 2011
12:00 AM
New York
Screening Fridays at 3:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm

FREE for Paley Center Members
Included with general admission 

In conjunction with our tribute to John Lennon on his 70th birthday, the Paley Center screens four essential documentaries that reveal and illuminate his artistic, political, and private facets.


Screening Fridays: October 8, 15, and 22; Saturdays: October 16 and 23
(Also screening in the Spielberg Gallery on October 9, Lennon's birthday)

Imagine: John Lennon
Legendary producers David Wolper and Andrew Solt transform a wealth of archival footage into an absorbing portrait of the professional and private John Lennon. Delving into Lennon’s own collection of 240 hours of material, the filmmakers have assembled a complex and haunting work worthy of John’s artistic legacy. (1988; 100 minutes)

Screening Fridays: October 29 and November 5 and 12; Saturdays: October 30 and November 6 and 13

What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.
This landmark documentary by the Maysles Brothers is a candid look of the Beatles’ 1964 tour of the United States, as well as a major statement in cinema-verité filmmaking. The film catches the humor and camaraderie of the young band as they run from fans and perform for their adoring audience. The Paley Center is pleased to screen the complete version, which is rarely screened. (1964; 81 minutes)

Screening Fridays: November 19, 26, and December 3; Saturdays: November 20, 27, and December 4
(Also screening in the Spielberg Gallery on October 9, Lennon's birthday)
(Note: the Nov. 19 and 27 screenings will be in the Spielberg Gallery)
The U.S. vs. John Lennon
This acclaimed documentary by the team of David Leaf and John Scheinfeld explores the provocative political activity of John Lennon and the backlash he received for his outspoken advocacy. The film explains how Lennon’s activism against the war in Vietnam made him a threatening figure in the eyes of the Nixon administration. (2006; 96 minutes)

Screening Fridays: December 10, 17, 24, and 31; Saturdays: December 11 and 18
(Note: the Dec. 11 screening will be in the Spielberg Gallery)
Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon’s Imagine Album
Producer/director Andrew Solt examines the creative process behind one of the most influential albums of all time, Imagine. The film reveals many facets of the Lennon persona as he creates stirring music at his Tittenhurst Park estate in Ascot England. (2000; 60 minutes)

In the Steven Spielberg Gallery (NY)

This Boy... John Lennon in Liverpool

October 6, 2010, to March 6, 2011
To celebrate the anniversary of John Lennon’s birth on October 9, the Paley Center presents the first comprehensive exhibit of photographs from his youth, with rare images of his first band, the Quarrymen, which eventually became the Beatles. Includes some of the earliest images of Paul McCartney and then George Harrison joining the group, plus a video of John speaking about these formative years.

Funding for the Paley Center’s John Lennon tribute is provided by
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Advertising Week, and
Richard Kandel through the Theodore & Renee Weiler Foundation.


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