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BEE GEES IDEA, THE (1968 GERMANY)

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Directed by Jean-Christophe Averty
Starring: Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Julie Driscoll
Genres: German, Music, Pop Art, TV Special
120 minutes | Full Screen | Color | English

On 12 September 1968, the Bee Gees flew to Brussels and spent two weeks recording a television show directed by Jean-Christophe Averty to promote their album Idea on French television. It features the guest appearances by Brian Auger and The Trinity, Julie Driscoll and Lil Lindfors. Swedish singer Lil Lindfors performed "Words" in her native language. The Bee Gees performed songs from their albums Horizontal and Idea (1968). The art direction, which owes much to the Beatles’ then-new Yellow Submarine, was done by the grand Guy Peellaert, the Belgian artist best-known for his cover for David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs and the 1966 French erotic comic The Adventures of Jodelle. During the Bee Gees' stay in Brussels, the Belgian police would not allow their limousine to stop outside the hotel, The Metropole, due to a fashion show held there by French pop star Johnny Hallyday's wife Sylvie Vartan. Maurice's leg was injured as he attempted to get out of the car, leading to a formal complaint being filed with a chief of police by the Bee Gees' manager Robert Stigwood. Special features include The Bee Gees 1975 appearance on Chicago's Soundstage. (Please note: Non-removable timecode appears on the bottom of the screen throughout presentation).

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