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A Hard Day’s Night (Restored) – Nationwide Theatrical Release!

A Hard Day’s Night (Newly Restored) – Nationwide Theatrical Release!
Fri 7/4 6:30; Sat 7/5 4:00 & 9;00; Sun 7/6 2:30 & 7:30
Dir: Richard Lester / 1964 / UK / 87 min / DCP

Restored and better than ever for its 50th anniversary re-release, Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night is a theatrical experience not to be missed! Widely considered the inspiration and gold standard for the countless depictions of pop music and pop musicians that followed on both film and video, A Hard Day’s Night captures a purported day and a half in the life of The Beatles at the exact moment when they were becoming the biggest band the world had ever seen. The band has to rehearse and perform for an afternoon TV program and eventually get to their evening concert, all the while dodging hordes of screaming teenage fans, dealing with painfully unhip members of mainstream society, and trying to keep up with the unceasing hijinks of Paul’s “grandfather”. Lester combined still-emerging cinéma vérité techniques with French New Wave tropes, British sketch comedy, moments of surrealism, and a hefty dollop of the four Beatles own individual personalities into a gleefully anarchic, joyful treasure that forever altered the pop cultural landscape. Plus, you get to hear some of the band’s most signature early songs, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “All My Loving”, “She Loves You”, and many more.

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