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The Beatles: ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ 50th Anniversary Release

The Beatles: 'A Hard Day’s Night' 50th Anniversary Release

50th Anniversary Release of “The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night”

Dir. Richard Lester • U.K. 1964 • Black & White • 1.75:1 • 87 minutes 

New 4K Restoration from the Original Camera Negative

New 5.1 Surround Mix Produced by Giles Martin

Opening in theaters on July 4, 2014 in almost 100 cities

(Scroll to the end of the article for the locations and theaters).

Courtesy of Janus Films

This is a Cheeky, Raucous, Irreverent film that will make most warm-blooded mammals laugh from the first scene, until the last! It is brilliant for a
summer night out!

If you are a film or music fan, you most likely have already seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, however, make a summertime date with the famous Fab Four,
and see it again on the big screen, with the new restoration, at an art house cinema, and you really can’t go wrong.

It is necessary to give accolades to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, because, “if it weren’t for Elvis, there would never have been any Beatles.”
John Lennon had admitted, that from the moment he first learned about Elvis and saw all the attention that he was receiving, he wanted to be just like him.

So although, there is no denying that the Beatles changed music forever, it was really ELVIS who was the King of their inspiration.


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For those who have not seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, the Beatles had already been a popular recording act, with several Top 20 hits in the U.K., when
they arrived in NYC to perform on the Ed Sullivan show on February 7, 1964. A record breaking 73 million viewers tuned in, and the British invasion began.

One month later, across the pond, the film was in the works. The music lover and film producer, Walter Shenson, was brought on by United Artists. Shenson,
who had previously worked with Director, Richard Lester, on “The Mouse on the Moon,” mentioned the gist of the project, and Richard jumped at the
opportunity.

However, to receive the final green light, the film had to be true to the way the Beatles actually lived, and scriptwriter, Alun Owen, who wrote the
television play, “No Trams to Lime Street,” which depicted Liverpool, was chosen.

The film begins with the song “A Hard Day’s Night” playing while the Fab Four are running through town trying to make it to the train station on time
before their train departs. Once on board, they start a conversation with an older gentleman, who Paul comments, is his grandfather. John is cheekily
trying to snort a Coke (Coca-Cola) bottle up his nose in the background, and a business man wants the train car his way demanding that the windows be
closed shut. The laughs just continue from there on out, when the boys are flirting with girls, and the grandfather cunningly tells the young women that
the boys are really prisoners. An acoustic version of “I Should Have Known Better” is being played on the train.

Film director, Richard Lester, “relied on improvisation rather than rehearsal, creating a freshness that was clear on-screen.” “Before we started, we knew
that it would be unlikely that they could (a) learn, (b) remember, or (c) deliver with any accuracy a long speech. So the structure of the script had to be
a series of one-liners,” Lester later stated, “This enabled me, in many of the scenes, to turn a camera on them and say a line to them, and they would say
it back to me.”

The result, the bandmates play brilliant, clever, crafty, and smart-alicky versions of themselves.

Lester’s visual style mixed techniques from narrative films, documentary, the French New Wave, and live television to create something that felt, and was,
spontaneous. “I have seen directors who write down a list of scenes for the day, and then sit back in a chair while everything is filmed according to plan.
I can’t do that. I know that good films can be made this way, but it’s not for me. I have to react on the spot. There was very little structure that was
planned except that we knew that we had to punctuate the film with a certain number of songs.”

Recorded at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, London, they cut “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “Tell Me Why,” “If I Fell,”
and “I’m Happy Just to Dance with You,” in only three days.

Must See!

SUMMER SCREENINGS

ALABAMA

Montgomery – Capri Theatre

ALASKA

Anchorage – Bear Tooth Cinema

ARIZONA

Tucson – The Loft Cinema

ARKANSAS

Little Rock – Colonel Glenn 18

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver – Pacific Cinematheque

CALIFORNIA

Bakersfield – Valley Plaza

Berkeley – Rialto Elmwood

Eureka – Eureka Theater

La Mesa – Grossmont Center

Los Angeles – Cinefamily

Malibu – The Malibu Film Society

Modesto – State Theater

Monterey – Osio Cinemas

Mountain View – Century Cinemas 16

Murrieta – Reading Cinemas Cal Oaks

Oxnard – Century RiverPark

Palm Springs – Camelot Theatres

Pasadena – Laemmle Playhouse 7

Sacramento – Tower Theater

San Diego – Gaslamp

San Francisco – Castro Theatre

San Luis Obispo – Palm Theatre

San Rafael – Smith Rafael Film Center

Santa Cruz – Del Mar Theatre

COLORADO

Fort Collins – Lyric Cinema Cafe

Littleton – Alamo Drafthouse

CONNECTICUT

Hartford – Cinestudio

Milford – Connecticut Post 14

DELAWARE

Wilmington – Theatre N

FLORIDA

Coral Gables – Coral Gables Art Cinema

Jacksonville – Sun-Ray Cinema

Key West – Tropic Cinema

Maitland – Enzian Theatre

Tallahassee – Tallahassee Film Festival

GEORGIA

Athens – Ciné

Atlanta – Plaza Theater

Sandy Springs – LeFont Theaters

HAWAII

Honolulu – Kahala 8

Maui – Kaahumanu 6

ILLINOIS

Champaign – The Art Theater

Chicago – Music Box Theater

Downer’s Grove – Tivoli at Downer’s Grove

Normal – Normal Theater

Peoria – Landmark Cinemas

INDIANA

Fort Wayne – Cinema Center

IOWA

Des Moines – Fleur Cinema

Iowa City – FilmScene

KANSAS

Lawrence – Liberty Hall

KENTUCKY

Lexington – Kentucky Theater

Louisville – Baxter 8

LOUISIANA

Baton Rouge – Cinemark Perkins Rowe

New Orleans – The Prytania Theatre

MAINE

Waterville – Maine Film Festival

MARYLAND

Baltimore – The Senator

Hanover – Cinemark Egyptian 24

MASSACHUSETTS

Amherst – Amherst Cinema

Brookline – Coolidge Corner Theatre

Cape Cod – Cape Cinema

Danvers – Hollywood Hits

Gloucester – Cape Ann Community Cinema

Martha’s Vineyard – Martha’s Vineyard Film Center

Williamstown – Images Cinema

MICHIGAN

Ann Arbor – Michigan Theater

City of Detroit Outdoor Screenings

Detroit – Cinema Detroit

Kalamazoo – Alamo Drafthouse

Manistee – The Vogue Theatre

Traverse City – State Theatre

MINNESOTA

Duluth – Zinema 2

Minneapolis – St. Anthony Main Theatre

MISSOURI

Columbia – Ragtag Cinema

Kansas City – Tivoli Cinemas

Springfield – Moxie Cinema

St. Louis – Chase Park Plaza

MONTANA

Missoula – The Roxy Theater

NEBRASKA

Kearney – The World Theatre

Lincoln – Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

Omaha – Film Streams

Wayne – The Majestic

NEVADA

Sparks – Century Sparks

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Concord – Red River Theatre

Wilton – Town Hall Theatre

NEW JERSEY

Asbury Park – The ShowRoom

Manville – Reading Cinemas Manville

NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque – The Guild Cinema

NEW YORK

Amherst – Screening Room Cinemas

Binghamton – The Art Mission & Theater

New York City – Film Forum

Pelham – The Picture House

Pleasantville – Jacob Burns Film Center

Rochester – George Eastman House

Rosendale – Rosendale Theatre

West Hampton – Performing Arts Center

NORTH CAROLINA

Asheville – Carolina Cinemas

Cornelius – Studio C Cinema

Raleigh – Raleigh Grande

Winston-Salem – A/perture Cinema

OHIO

Akron – The Nightlight Cinema

Cleveland – Cleveland Museum of Art

Columbus – Wexner Center for the Arts

Dayton – The Neon

Toledo – Franklin Park 16

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City – Museum of Art

Tulsa – Circle Cinema

ONTARIO

Kingston – The Screening Room

Toronto – Cineplex Cinemas Yonge & Dundas

Waterloo – Princess Cinemas

OREGON

Portland – Hollywood Theater

PENNSYLVANIA

Bethlehem – ArtsQuest

Bryn Mawr – Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Erie – Film at the Erie Art Museum

Lewisburg – Campus Theatre

Milford – Black Bear Film Festival

Philadelphia – International House

Phoenixville – The Colonial Theatre

Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Filmmakers

QUEBEC

Montreal – Cinema Cineplex Forum

RHODE ISLAND

Newport – Jane Pickens

Providence – Cable Car Cinema

SOUTH CAROLINA

Charleston – Terrace Theater

SOUTH DAKOTA

Sioux Falls – Century East at Dawley Farm

TENNESSEE

Memphis – indieMemphis

Nashville – Belcourt Theatre

TEXAS

Austin – Alamo Drafthouse

Dallas – Angelika Film Center

El Paso – Plaza Classic Film Festival

Fort Worth – Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Houston – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

New Braunfels – Alamo Marketplace

Plano – Angelika Plano

San Antonio – Alamo Westlake

UTAH

Salt Lake City – Tower Cinema

VIRGINIA

Ashburn – Alamo One Loudoun

Fairfax – Angelika Mosaic

Norfolk – Naro Cinema

Williamsburg – Kimball Theatre

Winchester – Alamo Drafthouse

WASHINGTON

Bellevue – Lincoln Square Cinemas

Bellingham – Pickford Film Center

Camas – Liberty Theater

Langley – The Clyde Theatre

Olympia – Capitol Theater

Port Townsend – Rose Theatre

Seattle – SIFF Cinema

Tacoma – Grand Cinema

Spokane – Bing Crosby Cinema>

Vancouver – Kiggins Theatre

WASHINGTON, D.C.

West End Cinema

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