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- Posted on Nov 19th 2010 6:49AM by James Lawrenson
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Entitled 'LennoNYC,' the film will be broadcast on PBS on Nov. 22. It has also been making appearances on the film festival circuit.
Director Michael Epstein told the BBC, "The film is an attempt to look at his post-Beatles life. New York meant freedom for John. It was an opportunity for him to be just John Lennon."
Footage included in the film shows Lennon and Yoko Ono hanging out with pop art's most famous son Andy Warhol and beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
Lennon moved to New York in August 1971 and lived there most of the time until his murder in December 1980.
Also included in the film are scenes from Lennon's final live performance with Elton John at Madison Square Gardens.
Part of why he moved to New York can be seen in an extract of the film, where Lennon says, "People occasionally ask for an autograph, or just want to shake hands, which is the coolest. I'm just known enough to keep my ego floating, but unknown enough to get around, which is nice."
Although the film is approved by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, Epstein claims that there was no editorial interference from her.
"It is the unfortunate question that is always asked about Yoko, but the truth of the matter is... there was never ever a moment where she said, 'No, you can't do that.' It was a lovely experience working with Yoko."