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A HARD DAY'S NIGHT

The Beatles

 

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3.84 | 54 ratings

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jamesbaldwin
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5 stars In the wake of Elvis Presley, who in those years was more famous for films than for records, the Beatles launched themselves in a film career. Born as a promotional vehicle in full Beatlemania, to spread in the world the face, voice and character of the Beatles - four different thinking heads - "A Hard Day's Night" becomes a good, experimental opera thank to the restless talent by director Richard Lester.

The fab four are followed in a series of hilarious adventures between trains, hotel rooms, dance clubs, stages and hordes of screaming and wild girls. During their brief stay in London for a television concert, Paul's grandfather, an old brilliant and joking gentleman, torment the four boys and manages to get Ringo off just a few hours before the concert. John, Paul and George look for him on the streets of London and manage to bring him back to the stage for the show.

The anomalous use of the camera by Lester and above all the choice of black and white make the work hybrid: commercial pop culture combined with something artistically relevant. The songs appear at intervals regular, the British humor is everywhere, full of irreverent gags, basically the humus from which the Monty Python will be born.

The film shows a lucid and nonconformist vision on the hypocrisy of English society that the Beatles will help to crumble, beginning to plow the pickaxe, however politely, into the wall of conformism. This opera codifies a language, far away from the elongated spots to film starring Elvis Presley. When Ringo, who rebels and leaves the group, meditates on what would happen to him outside the Beatles universe, comes out the humanity and simplicity of humble origins that can't be forgotten. Beatles are proletarian guys who reached success, this is the fact. The film shows the effects of success on the shoulders of these simple boys.

The songs performed in the film are: A Hard Day's Night; I Should Have Known Better; I Wanna Be Your Man; Don't Bother Me; All My Loving; If I Fell; Can't Buy Me Love; And I Love Her; I'm Happy Just to Dance with You; This Boy (instrumental); Tell Me Why; She Loves You.

Vote film 9. Rating: Five Stars.

jamesbaldwin | 5/5 |

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