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Martin Scorsese takes big risks in HBO's 'George Harrison'

Martin Scorsese takes big risks in HBO's 'George Harrison'

I don't have time for a full review, but I do want to alert viewers to the premiere tonight on HBO of director Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World." This is one of the most ambitious and daring biographical films that I have ever seen on TV.

I am not a big Beatles fan. And of the Beatles, Harrison was my least favorite. But Scorsese helped me understand, appreciate and ultimately care more than I expected to for Harrison and the challenging journey the guitarist chose to make of his life.

Of course, Harrison could have just played music and lived off his fortune. Instead, he went looking for spiritual transendence, and Scorsese manages to...