On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono flew to Montreal, Canada where they checked into Room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. During their weeklong stay, they invited Timothy Leary, Tommy Smothers, Dick Gregory, Al Capp, and dozen of other luminaries and hangers-on to their Bed-In for Peace. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation filmed John and Yoko in bed, wearing their pajamas, playing music, pontificating on dozens of topics, and greeting over 100 people a day. Give Peace A Song, explores every angle and the behind-the-scenes happenings of that historic week John and Yoko extended an olive branch to the world in the midst of the chaos and confusion of the Vietnam War.
The documentary examines the turmoil of the times. Nationwide protests, anti-war marches, and peace rallies inflamed the Nixon administration, which held firm on a situation growing worse with each passing day (sound familiar?). Few celebrities spoke out against the war, but John and Yoko unabashedly rallied and staged a number of events in the name of peace. The footage of Montreal’s Bed-In is erratic, yet illuminating. Masses of well-wishers drop in to pay their respects while the press corp took notes and snapped pictures. Lennon’s Sergeant-At-Arms, Apple press officer Derek Taylor, became so overwhelmed with the parade of guests he had bring in reinforcements to help maintain a semblance of order. Later on, Lennon decided he wanted to make a record, and all those in present joined in for a rousing reading of “Give Peace A Chance.” The song's ripple effect was enough to warrant a 20-minute segment on how it would become an anthem for the antiwar movement.
Give Peace A Song is a captivating look at the former Beatles at his most visceral, a visionary who imagined a world without disparity, a divine presence who continues to hold sway over a dizzying portion of the populace.
Format : AVI
Length : 350 MiB for 44mn 50s 160ms
Codec : XviD
Source : PDTV
Video #0 : MPEG-4 Visual at 954 Kbps
Aspect : 480 x 368 (1.304) at 29.970 fps