Jonathan Romney Film Comment Magazine. September 18, This re-release offers a refreshed glimpse of a long-lost English Atlantis-and a farewell to it. August 18, The Beatles might break into song at any moment or they might run around a park goofing around while their songs are playing, but these moments truly work and they clearly helped to lay the groundwork for MTV Videos and musicals to come. August 15, Christopher Long Movie Metropolis.
August 3, Critic Andrew Sarris wasn't just playing the fanboy when he described this movie as 'The Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals. Rafer Guzman Newsday. July 17, The movie never feels like a nostalgia trip.
It moves, breathes and sings with life. Geoffrey Macnab Independent UK. July 7, As invigorating and funny now as it was on its original release half a century ago, A Hard Day's Night offers both a perfect showcase for the Beatles and an intriguing snapshot of fast-changing, earlys British society.
Kate Muir Times UK. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Like this: Like Loading The climactic concert scene was captured with six cameras, in front of a member audience full of screaming fans. A cameraman made a remark that the roar of the crowd loosened the fillings in his teeth. The Le Cercle gambling club Ringo is invited to is the same nightspot where James Bond makes his first appearance in Dr. Lester greatly admired the work of the French New Wave directors and aimed to copy their style using hand-held cameras, swish pans, jump cuts, and more.
The film is so tightly cut, there's hardly a down moment, but even with so many riches, it's easy to pick the best scene: The concert footage as the Beatles sing "She Loves You. As the Beatles perform, Lester shows them clearly having a lot of fun--grinning as they sing--and then intercuts them with quick shots of the audience, mostly girls, who scream without pause for the entire length of the song, cry, jump up and down, call out the names of their favorites, and create a frenzy so passionate that it still, after all these years, has the power to excite.
My favorite audience member is the tearful young blond, beside herself with ecstasy, tears running down her cheeks, crying out "George! Ahead was the crushing pressure of being the most popular musical group of all time, and the dalliance with the mystic east, and the breakup, and the druggy fallout from the '60s, and the death of John Lennon. The Beatles would go through a long summer, a disillusioned fall, a tragic winter.
But, oh, what a lovely springtime. And it's all in a movie. Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from until his death in In , he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. Email required. Comment required. Enlarge Image. An uncredited screen debut Charlotte Rampling is one of the dancers in the nightclub scene, watching her then-boyfriend. When Ringo is asked if he's a mod or a rocker , he replies: "Uh, no, I'm a mocker",  a line derived from a joke he made on the TV show Ready Steady Go!
Audiences also responded to the Beatles' brash social impudence. Director Richard Lester said, "The general aim of the film was to present what was apparently becoming a social phenomenon in this country.
Anarchy is too strong a word, but the quality of confidence that the boys exuded! Confidence that they could dress as they liked, speak as they liked, talk to the Queen as they liked, talk to the people on the train who 'fought the war for them' as they liked. The Beatles were the first people to attack this You can do it. Forget all this talk about talent or ability or money or speech. Just do it. Despite the fact that the original working titles of the film were first The Beatles and then Beatlemania , the group's name is never spoken in the film  —it is, however, visible on Ringo's drum kit, on the stage lighting, and on the helicopter in the final scene.
The television performance scene also contains a visual pun on the group's name, with photos of beetles visible on the wall behind the dancers. The film was meant to be released in July , and since it was already March when Lester got to filming, the entire film had to be produced over a period of sixteen weeks.
Unlike most productions, it was filmed in near sequential order, as stated by Lennon in The Beatles had joined the actors' union, Equity , only that morning. From 23 to 30 March, filming moved to the Scala Theatre ,  and on 31 March, concert footage was shot there, although the group mimed to backing tracks.
McCartney angrily replied, "Look, if we can understand a fucking cowboy talking Texan, they can understand us talking Liverpool. The film's costumes—except for those of the Beatles themselves—were designed by Julie Harris.
The recurring joke that he was very "clean" reflects a contrast to his sitcom role, where he was always referred to as a "dirty old man". In other roles, Norman Rossington played the Beatles' manager Norm, John Junkin played the group's road manager Shake, and Victor Spinetti played the television director. Brian Epstein , the group's real manager, had an uncredited bit part. The supporting cast included Richard Vernon as the "city gent" on the train and Lionel Blair as a featured dancer.
There were also various cameos. David Janson billed as David Jaxon here played the small boy met by Ringo on his "walkabout". Rooney Massara , who went on to compete in the Munich Olympics , was the sculler in the river in the "walkabout" scene by the river at Kew uncredited. Kenneth Haigh appeared as an advertising executive who mistakes George for a "new phenomenon.
Mal Evans , one of the Beatles' road managers, also appears briefly in the film—moving an upright bass through a tight hallway as Lennon talks with the woman who mistakes him for someone else. George Harrison met his wife-to-be, Patricia Boyd , on the set when she made a brief uncredited appearance as one of the schoolgirls on the train. His initial overtures to her were spurned because she had a boyfriend at the time, but he persisted and they were married within 18 months.
The film had to be edited slightly to obtain the U certificate for British cinemas. The phrase "get knotted" allegedly in reel 7 of the original submission was judged inappropriate for a U film and had to be removed.
The film premiered at the Pavilion Theatre in London on 6 July —the eve of Ringo Starr 's 24th birthday—and the soundtrack was released four days later. The website's critics consensus reads: " A Hard Day's Night , despite its age, is still a delight to watch and has proven itself to be a rock-and-roll movie classic. Time magazine called the film "One of the smoothest, freshest, funniest films ever made for purposes of exploitation. In , Time. The Beatles are portrayed as likeable young lads who are constantly amazed at the attention they receive and who want nothing more than a little peace and quiet; however, they have to deal with screaming crowds, journalists who ask nonsensical questions, and authority figures who constantly look down upon them.Jun 17, · Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group A Hard Day's Night (Remastered ) · The Beatles A Hard Day's Night ℗ Calderstone Productions Limited (a.