In between the blockbusters and the indies, this summer is going to have a delightful re-release with A Hard Day’s Night returning to theaters for its 50th anniversary. The very loose plot is about The Beatles coming to America, but it’s really just an excuse to have the group engage in utterly delightful antics and shenanigans. Obviously, the music is excellent, but it’s a surprisingly witty and vibrant piece of filmmaking, and I hope people make some time to see this restored version.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. A Hard Day’s Night opens July 4th, and stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. And if fans happen to miss out, they can pick up the new Criterion Collection Blu-ray, which will be released on June 24th.
Via Janus Films.
Here’s the synopsis:
Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, 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, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.