In today’s time, musical films are mainly delegated in documentary style films containing concert clips, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the band being showcased. The Beatles dared to change that notion though, when their classic film “A Hard Days Night” debuted in 1964.
As one of the first musician-based films with a witty story line and humorous dialogue, The Beatles movie “A Hard Days Night” will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on July 6.
For one night only, US screenings of the film will occur in theaters across select cities, including San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago.
Normal, IL. is no exception to joining in on the celebration -—Uptown Normal Theater will rescreen the film for the Bloomington-Normal community to enjoy on July 6 for an admission fee of $7.
The film stars the Beatles themselves- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star, during the prime height of Beatlemania. It takes viewers through “A Day in the Life” of the fab four, and is considered one of the most influential musical movies of it’s time.
Throughout the entire 87 minutes, the Beatles take the audience through a day in their shoes: situations ranging from practicing for their upcoming televised performance, to fleeing from neurotic fans.
Within this film, everyday Beatles’ scenarios are displayed in a wildly comedic fashion. It throws viewers into far-fetched situations with the Beatles themselves, while also allowing fans to spend some onscreen time with some of their favorite musicians.
Specifically for the 50th Anniversary, the movie has been digitally restored from the original negative camera, and will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on June 24, a few weeks before the anniversary. Giles Martin, son of long-time Beatles producer George Martin, also redid sound for the film.
The rescreening and celebration of this picture aims to bring Beatlemania back to life for Beatles enthusiasts everywhere. While reawakening past Beatles experiences for older devotees, the re-showing also strives to include a younger generation of admirers.