“A Hard Day’s Night” (1964)

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First published: 03/23/2012

In 1964, the Beatles took no prisoners when they charmed their way into the ears and hearts of Americans. With “A Hard Day’s Night,” directed by Richard Lester, the Beatles captured the silver screen as well. Is “A Hard Day’s Night” just a promotional film? Yes; Richard Lester did churn out a quick, low-budget cash-in. But the final product can’t be summed up like that. “A Hard Day’s Night” is a kind of a backstage musical and — full of rapid editing and the use of the then-new hand-held camera — a showcase for the talented Beatles, the innovative shooting and editing of Richard Lester and John Jympson, and the natural dialogue by Alun Owen.

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