Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

This Day in History !!!

On this day in 1964 The Beatles arrive in New York .......

Run Time:  87 mins
Genre:  Comedy, Musical
Format:  Widescreen Format, Black & White
Director:   Richard Lester
Starring:  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfrid Brambell and Victor Spinetti Entry for the Film: Article for the Film: Article for The Beatles: Article for Wilfrid Brambell: Article for Director Richard Lester

Trailer for Film on YouTube:

Autumn 1963
A sharp music publisher at United Artists Records London finds a loophole in the Beatles' exclusive Parlophone recording contract: he thinks he can sign them to record a soundtrack. Now all they need to do is make a movie.

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (Live In Paris 1965) on YouTube:

Spring 1964

United Artists films a low-budget, day-in-the-life-of-the-band script by Alun Owen, who crystallizes their personalities. What you see on-screen is a reflection of the real guys - sarcastic, witty, and all-for-one, one-for-all mates.

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (Live In Indianapolis - September 1964) on YouTube:

Summer 1964

A Hard Day’s Night is the first Beatles album of all their own compositions—six made to order for the film. The soundtrack spawned the film, and the film gave the band global success. All so United Artists could sell a Beatles record. - Chris

When I was growing up in the 70s my parents bought me a Super-8 Movie Projector.  From about 1978 to 1981 I collected a bunch of films (in condensed form of course), that I bought through the mail.  I ended up getting A Hard Days Night at the local Woolworths for $7.95.  It was the movie condensed into an 8 minute 1-reeler film.  It was my first real taste of The Beatles on film until the magic of DVD brought this whole film to light.  The one above isn't a picture of mine, but that was what mine was. - Phil

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