A Hard Day’s Night (1964)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom, 1964.  , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by . Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Superjollyfun musical starring as themselves, giving us a glimpse into a “typical” day in their lives. Not typical at all, actually, because this hilarious comedy (scripted with witty brilliance by Alun Owen) has them go on all sorts of silly adventures that allow ample opportunities to sing some of their best songs. The title track, “I Should’ve Known Better”, “She Loves You” and lots more pulse over the speakers between inspired bits of slapstick, including a running joke involving ‘s overly mischevious grandfather (actually played by ) and the trouble he causes for the group. Zipping by at a mere ninety minutes, it’s a funny and smart trip down memory lane to when the band was at its most girls-gone-wild popular.

The Criterion Collection:  #711

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Original Story and Screenplay; Best Scoring of Music-Adaptation or Treatment


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