Original 1963 Beatles interview 16mm film from London
eBay Item number: 4008110647
Starting bid: US $25,000.00
Ended: Apr-27-04 17:28:10 PDT
Start time: Apr-17-04 17:28:10 PDT
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BIN Price: US $30,000.00
Item location: Sausalito, California
United States /San Francisco
Item Specifics-Music: Other Formats
Format: 16mm Film Genre: Pop
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This stunning 16mm original film is the only one that exists. It offers a rare and wonderful early glimpse into the boyish behaviour of the Beatles when they really were "The Beatles". Their witty personalities shine. It is intriguing and unique.
It was shot as a documentary news release for ORTF (Office de Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise), the French National Broadcast System, to promote the sale of the record single "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" after an event, which took place from 16th January to 4th February in 1964, at the Théâtre de l'Olympia, Paris. The Beatles performed for their first time in France. The film was shot in a studio in London by a film production company called "Reflex Films" (no longer in business). The film features a 10 minute interview with the Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, intercut with footage of them singing at the Wimbledon Palais on December 14th, 1963 for their fan club (Southern area). The French interviewer asks questions in both French and English. They have fun with the interview and mock the French language! Girls scream, faint and the Fab 4 hold their hands at the end of the show while goofing around. Intercut throughout, are scenes of the fan mail, fashionable boutiques where young men and women try on the latest Beatles wigs and the fans.
Here is an example of a piece of dialogue from the film. Jacques asks the group what will they do when success will be less "Go to bed". "Have a day off". "Join the Navy". "Probably, John and I will carry on writing songs. George will probably"go to bed, have a day off, or he might become a jockey".
A few seconds of the interview were included in a documentary by BBC television many, many years ago, but the film has been hidden away since before the end of the 1960s.
I have the original 16mm black and white camera negatives from the interview and the original negative of the documentary footage. The stills, which you see here, are captured from a VHS copy of the film with a footage counter in the center. The original camera negatives have been cut (usual procedure in those days when producing a film) - they are in perfect condition without scratches(no footage counter). The complete interview could be reconstituted by editing (one frame will be lost for each cut as a result of negative-cutting). I have two D-2 (Digital) film to tape transfers from all of the original negative.
The song in the 16mm projection print, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", is inseparable from the interview recording but the film to tape transfer does not have the music.
Reflex Films gave me the right to sell this film and I have a letter to show its authenticity.
Here is what is for sale in the original film cans:Original 16mm negative of the interview.