That’s right folks, they’re re-releasing A Hard Day’s Night. What? You don’t know what that is? Only the best Beatles movie ever made! Okay fine, one of the best. Let It Be is a close second. And Yellow Submarine is just so quirky that you can’t hate it. But A Hard Day’s Night actually has a plot. And it’s really funny. So there’s that.
Anyway, my point…they’re re-releasing it in theaters this week (today!) because it’s the 50th anniversary of the original release. And I am STOKED! If you recall from this post and this post, I’m sort of a fan. Here’s a great synopsis of the movie, from Janus Films:
Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.
Here’s a great article in Rolling Stone about it: ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Reborn: Behind the Beatles Film’s New Restoration
And here’s where you can find if there’s a theater playing it near you, and there’s a trailer: Janus Films
If you go see it for the first time, let me know what you think, k?