Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Beatles and Shakespeare, Take Three

The Music of Lennon and McCartney. Dir. Philip Casson. Perf. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Peter Sellers. 1965.
I just remembered one more connection between the Beatles and Shakespeare—and Peter Sellers. In a strange moment, John and Paul point out Peter, who is dressed as Richard III (à la Olivier), and he delivers a speech. Here you go:

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