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A Hard Day’s Night

Released 1964
Distributor United Artists

In 1964 the widespread teenage lament was, “What?! The Beatles movie is in black & white?!” But this was no fly-by-night Sam Katzman musical quickie, — this was a bona fide cultural event. Richard Lester brings his new-wave Goon Show stylistics to the greatest rock & roll vehicle of all time and helps drag the fab fifties kicking and screaming into the Swinging Sixties.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.