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A Hard Day’s Night


“A Hard Day’s Night” is the 1964 film about The Beatles coming to America and follows Paul, Ringo, John and George running and finding craziness everywhere…and performing music of course…including their Ed Sullivan appearance. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Criterion Collection has restored the film from its original camera negative. From the film’s synopsis:

Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.

Directed by Richard Lester. Written by Alun Owen (original screenplay). Starring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Releases in theaters July 4th, 2014, available on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection June 24th. Return to Thumbnail View.

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