The Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night
Dir. Richard Lester, 1964, 87 mins. 35mm. With The Beatles, Wilfred Brambell. “Are you a mod or a rocker,” Ringo Starr—playing a character named Ringo—is asked during a press conference in Richard Lester’s freewheeling semi-documentary romp A Hard Day’s Night. “I’m a mocker,” he deadpans, perfectly capturing the irreverent spirit of the film, and of The Beatles themselves. More inspired by Breathless than the stilted Elvis vehicles and other music movies of the time, Hard Day’s Night brought artistry to the genre in a film propelled by the energy of such hit songs as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “Happy Just to Dance With You.”
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