In 1964, The Beatles shot to unprecedented, world-wide fame. They became a household name as men and women of all ages fell in love with their optimistic pop. The release of Hard Day’s Night, their first movie, marked their quickly increasing critical and public reception. The movie was set up as a ‘mockumentary’, meant to play off a day in the life of the Beatles. Approaching the fiftieth anniversary of Hard Day’s Night release, NME has just announced that the fully restored film will be released in theaters on July 4th.
Hard Day’s Night is a tribute to the Beatles’ die-hard fans. John, Paul, George and Ringo get into crazy situations with only the most sarcastic and witty humor, and although their life at the time was almost nothing like the movie depicted, it is still a great watch with great music.
The film was directed by Richard Lester (who also worked on the band’s next film, Help!) and features an appearance by George Harrison’s future (and ex) wife, Pattie Boyd. Victor Spinetti, who also appeared in the bands’ other movies, played a television director. He became a good friend to the four band members and passed away in 2012.
The Beatles featured in many other movies such as Help!, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine, and the foreshadowing Let it Be. Hard Day’s Night was their first and is my personal favorite. At the beginning of their career, they seemed to be four boys startled and pleasantly surprised with their quick rise to fame, and this film captures that perfectly. While they quickly grew out of this phase and matured into more sophisticated song writers and personas, it is always nice to revisit this side of the band again.
Hard Day’s Night will re-release in theaters on July 4th, DVD and Blu-ray on July 21st.