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#443. A Hard Day's Night

  • Year: 1964
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Production: Proscenium, 87m B&W
  • Director: Richard Lester
  • Producer: Walter Shenson
  • Screenplay: Alun Owen
  • Photography: Gilbert Taylor
  • Music: The Beatles, George Martin
  • Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr,Wilfrid Brambell, Norman Rossington, John Junkin, Victor Spinetti
  • Oscar Noms: Best Screenplay, Best Original Score

Abridged Book Description

Famously describes by an over-excited Village Voice as "the Citizen Kane of jukebox movies," Richard Lester's 1964 comedy starring The Beatles and their music may not be quite that (although it is funnier), but it did change the shape of pop music films forever... Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr come across as likable, slightly rebellious, intelligent young men, who, in the tradition of realistic North-of-England dramas, are down-to-earth, unpretentious, and prone to seeing through the falseness of others... This combination acted exactly as it was intended, as a blast of propaganda for not only The Beatles, but also the then much-vaunted "younger generation."