This is a funny, musical comedy depicting one day in the life of The Beatles in their prime. The Fab Four (and Paul's grandfather) head to a television studio to tape a musical special. However, the boys want to have a little fun, much to the dismay of their manager and the producer of the TV special.
This report prepared by Bethany Savage-Paye
In 1964, Richard Lester filmed the newest music phenomenon with refreshing film tricks -- hyper speed, odd angles, still collages -- that would fill many movies and music videos to come. Screenwriter Alun Owen fashioned caricature roles for and of the lads, stuck in veteran actor Wilfrid Brambell for contrast and comic interest, and the simplest of "plots" -- one day in the life of a harried pop group: taking the train to a new gig, rehearsing for the show, doing a press conference, teasing and enjoying one another, doing a live concert, and perpetually fleeing fans. It was a delightful smash hit. Rereleased in the winter of 2000-01, nearly 36 years later, the film found the Beatles once again had the number one bestselling record in the world. Grownups could bring their children -- even grandchildren -- and it was a bittersweet pleasure to realize how we all had aged, and who was no longer with us.... Lennon had only 16 years to live after this film was shot, and has now been gone much longer.
This report prepared by David Loftus