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The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night [DVD] [Criterion Collection]

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  • A 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.
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  • Credits
    John Lennon,Paul McCartney,James,Paul McCartney,Paul McCartney,George Harrison,Ringo Starr,Richard Starkey,Richard,Starkey,(aka Ringo),Wilfred Brambell
  • Critic Reviews
    "...As a vehicle for the mop-tops' schoolboy humour and all-smiles-and-screams gig, it's infectious stuff..."
    Total Film

    "...The film is mad, mad and crazy....Imaginative..."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "...Helter-skelter glee..." - Recommended
    Premiere

    "...It was smart, it was irreverent, it didn't take itself seriously, and it was shot and edited by Richard Lester in an electrifying back-and-white, semi-documentary style..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Groundbreaking..."
    USA Today

    "...Fabness itself....They look prettier than Audrey Hepburn, talk funnier than the Marx Brothers and strut sassier than Brando..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...[A] rapid-fire screenplay and the...Beatles' charismatic acting....Irresistible..." -- Rating: A+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...A HARD DAY'S NIGHT creates pure, infectious joy. Larking about is what these Beatles do best, pleasure is what they convey..."
    Los Angeles Times

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