Friday, July 21, 2006
Dezo Hoffman's Home Movies: July 22-27, 1963
When Dezo Hoffman visited The Beatles while they were performing concerts in Weston-Super-Mare (along with Gerry and the Pacemakers) he brought along an 8mm movie camera to document the occasion. The screen captures seen here are taken from the footage of The Beatles and others enjoying the sunshine in their hotel courtyard as delighted teenage girls take pictures. Paul actually goes over to the girls to chat and sign autographs.
More screen captures of their adventures are soon to follow, including footage of their striped bathing suits photo sessions at Brean Down beach, the Fabs riding go-karts, and the Ty-Phoo tea advertisements.
A bit of these home movies were seen in the Anthology documentary, set to the song "It Won't Be Long". (Information about this footage obtained from John C. Winn's Way Beyond Compare, p. 67-68.)
One can see how lively, exuberant, and just plain "fun" The Beatles were from watching this footage. I can imagine how entertaining and delightful it would be to have spent a day like this with them, just hanging out and enjoying their new-found fame--the days before it became overwhelming.