George Harrison Photo for Scorsese Film and Book

The photograph of George Harrison chosen for the publicity posters (and for the front cover of the accompanying book) of “Living In The Material World“, the forthcoming Scorsese-directed film, CD and DVD is impressive:

It is simple and arresting. Quite peaceful really, and it got us wondering about where it was taken, and why. After a bit of online research we think we can confirm that it was taken during the filming for the Beatles movie “Help!”, released in 1965.

In the film there’s a very brief scene – shot at New Providence in the Bahamas – where the Beatles, after being chased by the bad guys, end up in the swimming pool of a resort hotel with all the guests looking on as they emerge wet, bedraggled and fully-clothed from the pool.

Here’s the page in the “Help!” script with the scene:

So, I think the Scorsese poster and book cover photo was from filming on this day, February 23, 1965 at the Nassau Beach Hotel. Here’s some photographic proof:

Interestingly, in 2007 Martin Scorsese wrote a short appreciation of the film “Help!” for the book that comes with both the standard and the deluxe DVD box set re-issue of the film. Perhaps that’s where he came across the striking image of George for his latest project?

10 thoughts on “George Harrison Photo for Scorsese Film and Book

  1. My parents were vacationing in the Bahamas n February 1965, and staying at the same hotel where the pool scene was shot. My father took “home movies” of the filming. John rode a bike in the pool and George thumbed his nose at my father! I showed the 8mm film at school a couple of weeks later. Probably the coolest 3rd grade “show and tell” ever.

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  2. Dear,
    I have read an article of Scorcese’s interview with Rolling Stone.
    I’m looking forward to watch the movie.

    By the by, I have sent you an email three days ago, just as a reminder.
    I put information about my Beatles website.
    I would appreciate if you could take a look.


  3. Hi,

    I thought this might be of interest to yourself and your readers. Our article on the Top Five best Beatles photographs:

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    Alex Manford

    Senior Writer/Manager, Paul Fraser Collectibles


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