A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles' first feature film. Released by United Artists. A Walter Shenson - Subafilms Production.
Comedy and music are combined to make this pastiche of a day in the life of The Beatles during 1964. The band have to use all their guile and wit to avoid the pursuing fans and press to reach their scheduled television performance. This is in spite of Paul's troublemaking grandfather (Wildfred Brambell) and Ringo's arrest.
The film has been praised as a benchmark for music film production, and remains influential to this day. Director Dick Lester used a documentary style of filming to capture the claustrophobia of Beatlemania, and writer Alun Owen delivered a script which epitomised the quick witted humour of the band.
We knew that in rock and roll you could get in a film so we wanted to be in a film if at all possible, but we wanted to make a good one.