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On one hand, Softley has gone to great lengths to re-create minute details--Kirchherr herself acted as an adviser--yet he claimed it was not his intention to make a historically accurate rockumentary.
"I didn't want this to be a Beatles project, and I don't consider it a Beatles project," he told me. "I consider it a universal love story about three people who are romantic artists. . . . We avoid what appears in other historically based films, where this is supposed to happen because we all know about it, then that's supposed to happen. I wasn't interested in that."
Don't be fooled, though. The Beatles figure prominently in this movie, love story or not. The image put forth of Sutcliffe as a doomed, brooding pop hero serves the plot--and the legend--well; according to the press kit, "BackBeat might result in Stuart closing the gap on John as the most favored one [Beatle] from beyond the grave." Not bloody likely.
Still, he and Kirchherr had an undeniable influence on the Beatles, but just how much is only known to a tiny group of aging musicians.
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