A Hard Day's Night (7/8, 9:50pm)

Directed with raucous, pioneering 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 reconceived the movie musical, exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, and remains one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time. Initially conceived as a low-budget cash-in quickie, this gale-force charmer, which hit theaters just three months after the first day’s filming, famously features The Beatles playing wily, exuberant versions of themselves. Presciently, it captures the astonishing moment when they both officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. And, the style that Lester lays down — one which VitaMixes together old-school slapstick, European art film techniques and TV commercial zazz — is the perfect compliment to the group’s own timeless energy. Bring a friend, a loved one, the parents, grandparents, the kids; round up the whole gang to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this exhilarating classic.
Dir. Richard Lester, 1964, DCP, 87 min.

To watch the trailer for “A Hard Day’s Night”, visit the top of this series page!