Beyonce’s ‘Life Is But A Dream’: Watch The Full HBO Documentary

Feb 17th, 2013 // 19 Comments
Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream" New York Premiere

Beyonce‘s new documentary, Life is But a Dream, opens with a live rendition of “Crazy in Love” — the song that kicked off her solo career. Suddenly, it dives into the firing of her father Mathew Knowles as her manager. (“I needed a break. I needed my dad.”) HBO debuted Life is But a Dream last night (February 16) partly to explain how Bey seized control of her solo career and took Oprah Winfrey‘s advice to heart, by keeping her personal life private. “When Nina Simone put out music, you loved her voice … you didn’t get brainwashed by her day-to-day life and what her child is wearing and who she’s dating and all the things that really is not your business. It shouldn’t influence the way you listen to the voice and the art, but it does,” she says.

If anything, the doc is stunning to watch, simply because its footage spans from Beyonce’s childhood to newfound motherhood (the television debut of Blue Ivy Carter). But it also shows how quickly Beyonce’s own perfectionism can transform into added, daunting pressure — and hints at how relieved the pop star must feel, now that she’s outed herself. Luckily, the Internet is still the Wild West, and the full doc is now streaming online, so those non-HBO subscribers in the BeyHive can watch the film about their Queen B.

Watch Life is But a Dream over at Rap-Up.

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  1. i love Beyoce so much she is woderful

  2. djrj

    Weird she says she follows Oprah’s advice and talks about her private life being no ones business and then she does this? I am confused? So what is this documentary about other than her private life and putting her daughter out there. Confused.

    • wtj

      djrj,

      She said that she felt it was time to let her fans in on her private life, now that she knows who she is completely, she’s able to share that with the world.
      I mean…were you not listening to her in the interview???

  3. wtj

    djrj,

    She said that she felt it was time to let her fans in on her private life, now that she knows who she is completely, she’s able to share that with the world.
    I mean…were you not listening to her in the interview???

  4. delores threatt

    there was no coherent narrative to the DOCUMENTARY.!!! IT ONLY DOCUMENTED HER ABILITY TO DANCE LIKE A GO-GO GIRL,BECAUSE HER VOICE NEEDS WORK FOR SINGING AS WELL AS GENERAL COMMUNICATION. SHE SEEMS NICE BUT I LEARNED NOTHING NEW/SHE DID NOT MENTION THE REAL REASON SHE DIVORCED HER FATHER. IT WAS DUE IN PART TO AN W EXTRAMARTIAL AFFAIR THAT PRODUCED A CHILD,ACCORDING TO THE TABLOIDS/ I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF TIS,THAT IS WHY I HOPED OPRAH WOULD NOT HAVE SOFT SOAPED THE INTERVIEW. SHE WAS IN SUCH AWE OF BEYONCE,THAT SHE DID NOT LIVE UP TO HER USUAL STANDARDS AS AN INTERVIEWER!

    • Here Lies Discernment

      Beyonce has a great singing voice, public speaking is not her gift! I would like you to attempt to tackle something that is not your gift or natural talent and see how successful you are doing it—not to mention with millions watching you do it live. You would not be all that confident and probably minimally successful. I definitely agree the doc was not all that informative, it was in-fact boring and lackluster to me. I like Beyonce’s music, but this was souped up too much. Over promised under delivered. No hate just truth, maybe next time. This was a glorified promo show…

    • Mm

      We must not have been watching the same one, because there certainly is a narrative. It’s practically a chronological account of her last few years. If you learnt nothing new about Beyonce then you must have seen this documentary before, because although she didn’t reveal completely new character traits, there is a lot of insider information you wouldn’t have known.

      Furthermore, the reason you cite for her separation from her father is only a theory. Yes, that stuff may have happened, but you don’t know if she was already planning on separating from her father before getting that information. You don’t even know if she already did it before she found out. You just don’t know and the tabloids rarely do either. She obviously chose not to address the scandal because it really doesn’t concern her. If you noticed from the documentary, it is focused on her. She doesn’t reveal personal things about Jay-Z, her mother, her sister, her father, her friends. She can only be responsible for giving her side, I’m sure everyone else doesn’t want their dirty laundry aired out.

    • Rags

      Do you feel writing in ALL CAPS really gets your point across?

  5. barbaratravis

    This interview is to leave another impression of Beyonce. She starts out stressing the need for freedom. Whitney Houston did the same thing with try it on my own and separated from her father as well however the vultures was eagerly waiting to help destroy her. Beyonce father might have been the only real thing in the music world. Now what does she know and who is going to control her now. Jay Z. Time will tell

  6. beyoncelover

    Honestly she’s so amazing and doesn’t need any HATERS!
    stop being jelous critics and see the beautiful human being she truley is

  7. Vanessa

    This was a beautifully produces promotional piece that revealed little about who she really is. I would have liked to see her with her girls just hanging out and talking; going to church; getting advice from elders; responding honestly to fans who step over the line; or just shopping. These things would have revealed more of who she really is and we could see more of her humanity. I saw a woman who has successfully honed her kraft to perfection and is a perfectionist. I saw more vulnerability in the diary (computer) entries, than weakness. It’s Beyonce’s world she can do as she pleases.

  8. I stand up for uBeyonce

    Stop all the nonsense beyonce is amazing if she. Wants th open up to her life let her do it I will be scared to open up too my life because of all the lies maybe she will tell more when she wants

  9. Beyonce #1 fan! :)

    Beyoncé is THE QUEEN not a queen THE queen.
    Shes a legend my role model my hero she is the best!!! :)

  10. dido

    we are good if something is bad it cant change us even the dark has beauty believe in yourself dont sell yourself light is the brighter choice omi

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