A Hard Day's Night
Director Richard Lester celebrates his birthday today so it is a great day to recommend his iconic 1964 film A HARD DAY'S NIGHT for our Rialto Recommends. Capturing John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in their electrifying element, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT is a wildly irreverent journey through 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, in spite of Paul's troublemaking grandfather and Ringo's arrest. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, "Can't Buy Me Love," "I Should Have Known Better," and "If I Fell," A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time. Roger Ebert declared A HARD DAY'S NIGHT "One of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies." A HARD DAY'S NIGHT is streaming on HBOMax, the Criterion Channel, Kanopy and WatchTCM. It is also available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, and Vudu. Whether you've seen it before or are seeing it for the first time enjoy A HARD DAY'S NIGHT!