NEW YORK – A new documentary is opening the curtain on the untold story of John Lennon1971 album "Imagine".
At the "John & Yoko: Above us, just the sky, "fans can learn more about Lennon and his wife Yoko Onoas well as the intensely private couple supported each other personally and professionally while making the groundbreaking registration.
Emmy winner Michael Epstein directs the film – which premiered at A&E in March – focusing on what he calls the "pivotal year" in Lennon's life.
"It's been a year since the Beatles broke up. And just before John moved to the United States. The movie shows why John loved (Yoko) and what their union was. And why Yoko saved John." Epstein explained to Fox News.
"It was more than just a love affair," he added. "You know they were artists who worked together and I think John managed to find his voice through Yoko. She helped him fully realize himself as an artist and I know a lot of Beatles fans … hate this idea that she got it from us. "
Yoko Ono (E) and John Lennon
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According to Epstein, work on the film began "with a call from Yoko," which revealed that she and others wanted to "open the coffers" and relaunch the song. Epstein described how Ono, now 86, wanted the audience to "have a chance to see John" again.
Epstein said he needed to sift through hundreds and hundreds of hours of raw footage and home movies that contained everything from "John sitting on the toilet" to "this very quiet experimental movie he made about which I heard rumors years ago."
While reviewing all the footage, Epstein said he discovered a "peace of mind for John."
"You can really see them, not the person they are sitting in front of a chair or the person they are at a press conference or concert, but just him leaving," he added.
Epstein expects the public to get the same understanding.
"I think if people can get something out of the documentary, it's that they get a little closer to John," he admitted. "They get a little closer to John and Yoko and understand and feel them a little more."
"John & Yoko: Only Heaven Above Us" is available for broadcast on Netflix.