|The Fab Four from Liverpool--John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr--in their first movie. Nobody expected A Hard Day's Night to be much more than a quick exploitation of a passing musical fad, but when the film opened it immediately seduced the world--even the stuffiest critics fell over themselves in praise (highbrow Dwight Macdonald called it "not only a gay, spontaneous, inventive comedy but it is also as good cinema as I have seen for a long time"). Wisely, screenwriter Alun Owen based his script on the Beatles' actual celebrity at the time, catching them in the delirious early rush of Beatlemania: eluding rampaging fans, killing time on trains and in hotels, appearing on a TV broadcast. American director Richard Lester, influenced by the freestyle French New Wave and British Goon Show humor, whips up a delightfully upbeat circus of perpetual motion. From the opening scene of the mop tops rushing through a train station mobbed by fans, the movie rarely stops for air. Some of the songs are straightforwardly presented, but others ("Can't Buy Me Love," set to the foursome gamboling around an empty field) soar with ingenuity. Above all, the Beatles express their irresistible personalities: droll, deadpan, infectiously cheeky.|
Editor's NoteA HARD DAY'S NIGHT presents a fictionalized day in the life of the Beatles as they give a performance on a live television show. Filmed just a month after their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, this film--the Beatles' first--introduces us to the unique personalities of each member of the band. The film opens with the Fab Four boarding a train mobbed with adoring young fans (mostly women) as they attempt to travel to the television studio in London. The antics of the band during rehearsals and makeup application provide a large part of the comic material in this feature, though there are other moments of pure hilarity. The unscripted vignette featuring a hangover-suffering Ringo is especially funny, particularly when he is arrested and risks having to miss the broadcast. None of this goes unnoticed by the director of the show, played by Victor Spinetti, who went on to become a recurring cast member in Beatles movies. As the clock ticks away dramatically, our heroes manage to free Ringo from jail and sneak onto the stage in the nick of time, delighted in the knowledge that they have nearly driven the director mad in the process. Arguably the first music video ever made, this faux documentary and its shooting style have been a tremendous influence on nearly every rock and roll feature since.
|Alun Owen - Screenwriter|
|John Lennon - Song Composer/Performer|
|George Martin - Music Producer|
|Paul McCartney - Song Composer/Performer|
|John Jympson - Editor|
|Gilbert Taylor - Director of Photography|
|Walter Shenson - Producer|
|Richard Lester - Director|
|"Are you a mod or a rocker?"----Reporter to Ringo|"Um, no. I'm a mocker."----Ringo (Ringo Starr)|
|"What would you call that hairstyle you're wearing?"----Reporter to George|"Arthur."----George (George Harrison) to Reporter|
One of my favorite movies, with one of my favorite bands, looks so good in Blu-ray.....
A Hard Day's Night5/21/2013
I loved this movie when it first came out (early 60's I think) and this Blu-ray release is great..
Merchanise was recrived as ordered Movie looks great in Bluray
A Hard Day's Night12/3/2012
I grew up with the Beatles. It can be as good as they were.
A "must have" for Beatle fans