Saturday, April 26, 2008

Braverman's Condensed Cream of Beatles

Filmmaker Charles Braverman made a Beatles Collage in the mid-1970's called "Braverman's Condensed Cream of Beatles." The film used primarily low quality dubs of Beatles and other various archival footage and stills in rapid fire in an effort to tell the story of the Beatles. Although the Beatle history was chronological, he would throw in out of sequence references to help tell the story. For example, a picture of Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr from the 1969 film "The Magic Christian" is shown immediately before the John Lennon "Beatles are more popular that Jesus" controversy.

The film was distributed as an educational resource as indicated by a review from the English Journal in May of 1974.

However, it was shown on network television at least once on the late night magazine show "Goodnight America" hosted by Geraldo Rivera.

One of the more interesting sequences in the film deals with PID. Iamaphoney uses some of the stills from this sequence in the recently revised "Hey Jude" video.

This picture is a close up of Paul with his eyes closed and a grimace on his face.

The full picture with the checkerboard background also appears in "Hey Jude."

This is the same shot that is in Braverman's film.

LenMac in Nothing Is Real found the original picture which was actually taken of all four living Beatles in a swimming pool.

Another picture from Braverman shown in "Hey Jude" that has been talked about a lot lately is this one.

All kinds of speculation about this being Paul McCartney shortly after he was killed on an amusement park ride was recently put to rest.

Like the other, it is a fake. We know this thanks to an amazing find by Queenie in Nothing is Real. It was actually a World War II picture.

Here is the original source photo credit which links to the picture:
190. "A Coast Guard seaman died at his battle station aboard the USS MENGES, torpedoed by a nazi sub in the Mediterranean. He represents the old Coast Guard expression, `You have to go out, but you don't have to come back.'" PhoM1c. Arthur Green. 26-G-2330.

The Braverman film can be found here. I believe the Apple logo at the beginning is apocryphal.

Iamaphoney obviously owes a debt to Braverman.

The Internet Movie Database has an entry for a Charles Braverman, but I didn't see any mention of Braverman's Condensed Cream of Beatles. I still think it is the same person.


Anonymous said...

"You have to go out, but you don't have to come back"

In that same post it is proved that Lonelyphoney15 used this in RA20.

Anonymous said...

I actually SAW this as a kid, at my public library, with "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Japan 1966".
As a kid, it inspired my to get hip to the 'solo' stuff, showing clips from "Cocsert For Bangla Desh" and other pieces, but MAN, I hadn't thought about the film or who made it an a LONG TIME!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for uncovering the truth to these photos. The whole thing has always been in very bad taste.

Anonymous said...

IAAP not only perpetrates fraud, he perpetrates other people's frauds. Hey, if you're going to hoax people, at least invent your own hoax. I'd guess those obvious hoax pictures are supposed to be the puppetmaster's clue regarding the ARG.

McCartney said...

Apple ordered the short film ,
Charlie got the job.
this is original Beatles material,
that's why it's in the game.

Anonymous said...

The quality (and quantity) of many of the clips does suggest they are archival and maybe from Apple's vaults, but quite a bit of stuff came from other YouTube vids and other broadcast sources, like the Heather Mills interviews. I believe the Operating Thetan stuff and the EMI "levels" are clues to the nature of the game.

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hello Mr. McCartney, how are you doin today?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I saw that too!
Mr. McCartney!
Your talking about the GAME?


Anonymous said...

What ? This was a game?

Anonymous said...

Sorry charlie mccartney.It was not ordered by Apple.It was ordered by ABC tv in New York.


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Anonymous said: "I believe the Operating Thetan stuff and the EMI "levels" are clues to the nature of the game."

Dude wait, what? Where has scientology come into play in the RA series?

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Anonymous said...

If by "apocryphal" you mean it is not officially made by apple, I believe you are INCORRECT. I have read otherwise.

And if this is an official Apple production, that means it is a legitimate source of clues.

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