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Directed by: John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Jonas Mekas


John Lennon

Yoko Ono


George Harrison

Fred Astaire

Jack Palance

Dick Cavett

Jonas Mekas

Produced by: John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Written by: John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Original Music by: John Lennon

Production Company: Joke Films

Premiere: 1971

Synopsis: A musical documentary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono being John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Brief celebrity appearances.

Review: by Jay Hopkins

I had a chance to see Fred's brief appearance in the John Lennon - Yoko Ono film, Imagine, last evening. It's an odd sequence consisting entirely of various celebrities like Dick Cavett, Jack Palance, George Harrison, and others, taking turns walking into a white room in the company of Yoko, walking up to a sun-drenched window, and simply looking out of it. I am sure that this sequence has some deep, profound meaning. (Although, I have occasionally walked through a door and up to a window, failing to appreciate the cosmic significance of my actions. Too shallow, I guess.) 

Astaire's scene, or "moment in the sun," is amusing enough. Unlike the aforementioned celebrities, Astaire does not appear entirely satisfied the first time he and Yoko walk through the door. (There is no dialogue. The audio consists, in Astaire's case, of "show biz" music.) 

So John opens the door, Yoko enters slightly ahead Fred, while locked arm in arm with him. Fred objects. "Let's do it again," he appears to say. John seems confused. "What are you talking about? You're just entering a door," he seems to be thinking. Take two. Yoko enters, Fred again a split second later. He still doesn't like it. "Just one more time." Back out the door they go. Take three. Finally, we see what Astaire was getting at as the two of them shoe horn themselves through the door simultaneously, walk over to the window and admire the ("nice bright") sunshine. I know that Fred was a perfectionist -- but he's just walking through a door, for goodness sakes! 

The irony of this is that, while the segment runs about 27 seconds, it has taken me more than ten minutes to describe it.

- Jay Hopkins

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2009 17:54