Would you stand up and walk out on me?
#22 – A Hard Day’s Night
The Plot in Brief: A Liverpool pop group called “the Beatles” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr) are travelling to London to appear on a television special. They seem to be prisoners of their own success, confined to “a train and a room and a car and a room… and a room and a room.” Paul’s Grandfather (Wilfrid Brambell) accompanies them on the trip and causes trouble, eventually talking Ringo into leaving the group. Will all four Beatles make it to the live television broadcast?
SPECIAL NOTE: The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl finally made its digital debut last Friday (retitled The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl) to herald the release of the new Ron Howard documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week—The Touring Years. I am very familiar with the original album, which I spun endlessly during my (largely) wasted youth. Producer Giles Martin (son of original Beatles producer, Sir George Martin) has done an impressive job here cleaning up the original live tapes that originally sounded like the Beatles were playing in an airplane hangar with multiple jet engines roaring, the crowd noise was so loud. The new CD/digital download sounds great. A tip o’ my Pope hat to Apple Records for finally releasing this bit of history… only 39 years after its original vinyl debut. I’m sure we can all now expect the restored Let It Be film… sometime in 2071.
"In nomine Paul, et Ringo, y spiritu John et George, Amen.”
If you would like to hear the wonderful podcast the Pope and apostle Patrick recorded on A Hard Day’s Night, you can find it here.
If you would like to explore a display case the Pope designed at his day job to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arriving in America, you can find it here.
If you would like to read about the sorts of things one notices when watching a beloved film like A Hard Day’s Night for the 185th or 186th time, you can find it here.
If you would like to read about the Pope making a case for A Hard Day’s Night being one of the first manifestations of Magical Realism in English language cinema, you can find it here.
If you would like to take Doug’s magical “picture-y” tour of A Hard Day’s Night locations, you can find it here.
If you would like to read my previous column on Help!—the Beatles’ second feature film—you can find it here.
If you would like to read my previous column on Let It Be, an actual Beatles documentary that chronicles the troubled recording of that album, you can find it here.
Finally, if you still want more of the lads from Liverpool, read about another great Beatles documentary, Good Ol’ Freda, here.