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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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Directed By: Richard Lester
Screenplay: Alun Owen
Cast: John Lennoon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

They didn't have enough time to make an ordinary pop musical. A month or two for Alun Owen to write situations and dialogue for a quartet of non-actors, and for Lester to prepare his on-the-fly shoot; then four months from first day of filming to premiere. It's a surprise the picture isn't a mess, a miracle it's so funny, expert and joyous. A Hard Day's Night captures a moment, maybe the last, when rock stars didn't take themselves seriously and could unaffectedly enjoy the pleasure of being rich (yeah!), famous (yeah!), adored (yeah!). Pretty good songs, too.

From the TIME Archive:
"More than a movie, it is the answer to a maiden's prayer"
TIME Magazine, Aug. 14, 1964 >>

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