Back in 1964, “A Hard Day’s Night” may have changed the way we looked at popular music AND film and The Beatles simply had a GREAT time doing it. 50 Years later you can come to the conclusion that yes that is true in retrospect.
Ringo Starr has stated that the boys were on a roll that year with their music and then suddenly they were making a movie. Unbelievable, literally, for these lads from Liverpool who simply couldn’t believe their sudden global popularity.
Not only was Alun Owen’s screenplay for “A Hard Day’s Night” Oscar-nominated, Owen nailed the Beatles’ individual personas. Paul McCartney commented in “Anthology” ““Alun picked up lots of little things about us,” McCartney said in ‘Anthology and according to UltimateClassicRock.com , “Little jokes, the sarcasm, the humour, John’s wit, Ringo’s laconic manner, each of our different ways. The film manages to capture our characters quite well, because Alun was careful to try only to put words into our mouths that he might have heard us speak.”
According to Ultimate Classic Rock: “The biggest shock of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’’s quality was that rock n’ roll movies weren’t supposed to be this good. Despite showing promise in his first few films, by 1964 Elvis Presley’s movies had been neutered by Col. Tom Parker, who wanted family entertainment with rapidly decreasing budgets. And although the Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello “beach party” movies were very popular with teenagers, they weren’t winning any awards either. The bar was set very low and, by taking the necessary steps to not make those same mistakes, the Beatles raised it higher than anybody could have expected.”
50 years old , eh? Hard to believe.