A Hard Day's Night

"One of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies." - Roger Ebert

“The early days of the Beatles, as reflected in Richard Lester's ebullient shout of freedom A Hard Day's Night, were all about the optimism of the early 1960s, a thrilling and energizing time when young people, and even some older ones, truly believed that the future held great promise.

“To read it as a movie that the future proved wrong—a movie that's somehow "about" our collective, historic innocence, a set of hopes that were dashed by Vietnam, or by Nixon's betrayal, or by anything—is to miss the glorious reality that A Hard Day's Night lives so fully in its particular present.

“At the end, as the band takes the stage for a televised appearance, the faces of the girls (and a few boys) in the audience complete the story that John, Paul, George, and Ringo set in motion at the beginning. If the audience looks incomprehensibly young, the Beatles themselves aren't that much older — there's still hopefulness in them, too. Their future is before them. Everything they want out of life is up on that stage, both out of reach and theirs for the taking.” - Village Voice

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