A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Dir. Richard Lester

Appropriating the documentary technique of cinema-verite but giving The Beatles their own cinematic fiction, Lester’s hugely successful A Hard Day’s Night follows a couple of days in the lives of the band that had become a major cultural phenomenon. Their irrepressible energy and youthful irreverence leaps off the screen in what feels like a feature length version of what we now call a pop promo. Watch

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