A Hard Day’s Night

Great Britain 1964. Dir: Richard Lester. 87 min. DCP

(A HARD DAY'S) OPENING NIGHT FRIDAY, JULY 4
MUSIC & REFRESHMENTS & SPECIAL INTRODUCTION

6:30PM – DOORS / PERFORMANCE BY THE FAB FOUREVER
7:30PM – A HARD DAY’S NIGHT / INTRODUCED BY MICHAEL BAKER

RESTORED! REMASTERED! REMIXED! REVOLUTIONARY! ► Are you a mod or a rocker? Ringo: I’m a mocker. The Beatles’ epochal first movie, originally released in the summer of ’64, is celebrated with a sparkling 50th anniversary restoration. Richard Lester directed this seminal, kaleidoscopic reinvention of the musical-comedy film, bursting with “now” New Wave style as if follows the Fab Four on the road, in the studio, in concert, and in flight from shrieking fans. The film opens, like its song and album namesakes, with rock’s most famous (and mysterious) chord. The nifty title derives from another Ringoism — a phrase John Lennon transformed into a song overnight very near the end of filming. A Hard Day’s Night helped send Beatlemania to even more hysterical heights. Western Civilization, needless to say, hasn’t been the same since!


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Michael Baker is a researcher and instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at UBC. He is co-editor of Challenge for Change: Activist Documentary at the National Film Board of Canada and is presently at work on a book, Rockumentary: The Incomplete History of the Popular Music Documentary.

The Fab Fourever, Canada’s Complete Beatles Experience, is a musical production performing all of the memorable hits live, without any vocal overdubs or pre-recorded music. This year, The Fab Fourever is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles only performance in Vancouver by re-enacting the historic concert that changed popular music in Western Canada. For more info, visit www.fabfourever.com.

 

REVIEWS

"One of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies."

Roger Ebert | full review

"A pop culture phenomenon ... A direct injection of happiness."

Slant | full review

"From the opening chords of the title song played over the group bemusedly fleeing from their fans, A Hard Day's Night creates pure, infectious joy."

LA Times | full review