Beatles Back on Screen in 'Hard Day's Night'

Posted on June 18, 2014 | by Jason Walsh

A Hard Day’s Night fans will certainly “feel all right” this summer when that seminal rock ‘n’ roll film returns to the big screen July 4 in a newly restored print.

The groundbreaking 1964 Beatles movie will be screened that day in select theaters throughout the country, presented in a spruced-up digital print with three audio options—surround sound, simple stereo, or mono. The restoration was supervised by sound producer Giles Martin—son of renowned Beatles producer George Martin—and has been given the thumbs up by the film’s director Richard Lester. The new print will also be available for download beginning July 4, and released on DVD later that month.

A commercial and critical success at the time of its release, A Hard Day’s Night is credited as shifting the movie musical from its long-held Broadway focus to one aimed toward pop-music and youth culture. Lester’s use of jump cuts, hand-held cameras, sight gags, and soundtrack cuts played over the action are considered precursors to such later pop-culture watermarks as the James Bond movies, the chic of “swinging London,” and music videos.

And, of course, the film further established the “personalities” of the Fab Four to an international audience.

A Hard Day’s Night is also notable for its heavy emphasis on acoustic guitars; most of the songs on the soundtrack feature John Lennon playing acoustic rhythm—including such standards as “I Should Have Known Better,” “If I Fell,” “Any Time At All,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and the famous title track.

For those who have been "working like a dog,” take a break with the above clip of “If I Fell” from A Hard Day’s Night.

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