Andrew Sarris called it the Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals but A Hard Day’s Night long ago broke free from the constraints of being “just” a great musical. Director Richard Lester’s most remarkable accomplishment was making the movie equivalent of a great Beatles song, a soaring, occasionally heartbreaking, ode to joy played out in 87 minutes.
Appropriately, the opening night of TFH guru Allison Anders’ Don’t Knock the Rock 2014 features a brand new digital restoration of A Hard Day’s Night in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.
A Hard Day’s Night screens on Thursday, July 3rd at 7:30pm and more details about this special night and other films in the Don’t Knock the Rock 2014 film series can be found here.
In the meantime, here’s TFH guru (and resident rock n’ roll authority) Allan Arkush on Lester’s masterpiece.