What else is there to say about The Beatles that has yet to be said? From encyclopedias detailing each of their recording sessions to provocative articles about why they smoke, people have talked, thought, and written about the group since they first appeared. present 60 years ago. Now with another Beatles movie on deck – 3 parts by Peter Jackson The Beatles: Back, premiering on Apple TV+ on November 24th – maybe it’s time to start in 1964 A Hard Day’s Night, now available to stream on HBO Max.
At the time The Beatles started filming A Hard Day’s Night In March 1964, they released a series of hit singles, two albums, and their historic U.S. appearance on The Ed Sullivan show. The original motive was commercial – quick cashing of a hot new band with an associated soundtrack and album – but like everything in the Beatles, this doesn’t mean it’s cheap or the quality of the sound. music below their usual high standards. The film was shot on a low budget of about half a million dollars and is directed by Richard Lester, an American living in the United Kingdom who started out in musical and TV comedies and will go on to direct other films. 1965. Help!
From the opening guitar chord of “A Hard Day’s Night” – one of the most famous chords in pop history – it was an instant mess. The Beatles are being chased down the street by a mob of young girls, a threat that repeats itself throughout the film. The women with no screaming faces were similar to the zombies of Zombie, a danger is present in every nook and cranny. Accompanying the trip is Paul’s grandfather, played by veteran Irish actor Wilfrid Brambell, who serves as the film’s wild card, sowing conflict and wherever he goes.
The plot of the film is very simple; The Beatles traveled to London to perform on television in front of an adoring audience of teenage girls. What could happen? Everything, it seems. Between humorous segments involving boys running around or sending out fantasies of British society, The Beatles lip-sync songs from their new album and recent single. The quality of the band’s material is outstanding, from the obvious hits to Ringo’s version of “I Want To Be Your Man,” a song by Lennon and McCartney played on the Rolling Stones or “Don’t Bother” Me” by George Harrison, a song among his lesser compositions but equal in number to the best of many other groups.
The band’s bold sense of humor is on full display. Alun Owen’s screenplay, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, includes The Beatles’ own words drawn from interviews or overheard as he spoke to group. Even early in their careers, the four working-class Liverpudlians between the ages of 20 and 24 had little time for the glitz of the British establishment. They talk to World War II veterans, ignorant fashion designers, and television producers whose arrogance is easily lost. It is worth noting that the four personalities of The Beatles have been placed in the archetypes they will forever be known for, the cheerful McCartney, the warlike Lennon, Harrison and Ringo, a sad comic.
A Hard Day’s Night found a young band on the verge of turning the current world upside down. The terrain in which we see them orienting, informal and claustrophobic, is no more. The Beatles destroyed it by turning pop music into art and representing a new generation that would defy the prevailing order of age, background and class. Lester’s direction is also revolutionary in the use of the camera and the use of perspective. You’re watching someone create a modern music video (and video album) in real time. At the film’s climax, as The Beatles perform in front of a packed theater with screaming teenage girls, the camera moves from the front of the stage, into the crowd, and then to the back. band, so we’ll see what they are. see. It’s hard to imagine any teen watching the movie who wouldn’t want to immediately start a rock n’ roll band. In fact, many people did.
“A Hard Day’s Night found a young band on the verge of turning the current world upside down. The terrain in which we see them orienting, informal and claustrophobic, is no more. The Beatles destroyed it by turning pop music into art and presenting a new generation that would defy the prevailing order of age, background, and caste. “
The film ends with the band running into a helicopter to a night house in Wolverhampton. The last thing we see is the helicopter rising into the air. It always impresses me because it looks exactly like the 1970 Rolling Stones movie Gimme Shelter end. The two films are polarizing images of each other. One is an idealized novel about the glamorous lives of young pop stars. The other is a suspenseful documentary about a rock band that is running the dead of the 1960s. Stones attorney Melvin could very well be Paul’s grandfather’s replacement. A Hard Day’s Night ends with The Beatles flying into a possible world. Gimme Shelter ends with the Rolling Stones fleeing from a real crime scene. At that time, the world changed.
Benjamin H. Smith is a New York-based writer, producer, and musician. Follow him on Twitter: @BHSmithNYC.
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