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Part 1 – Background and Production The Beatles’ next major movie project, the television film Magical Mystery Tour, began some two years after Help! and, unlike their previous productions, was self-produced, financed and directed. The concept of the film was initially proposed by Paul McCartney, who envisaged a semi-improvised fantasy musical in which the group’s most recent batch of soundtrack recordings would be sandwiched in a loose semi-comic and surreal narrative ‘plot’. This ‘plot’, such as it was, consisted of a psychedelic day trip in which the Beatles, accompanied by a group of professional actors and performers, friends and fan…

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