Last week we discussed the first rock festival. This week we discuss the first rock film. Well, the first consequential rock film. (Even if it didn’t seem to take itself too seriously.)
A Hard Day’s Night, released 50 years ago this weekend, was ostensibly a fun romp through a typical day in the life of the new pop phenoms, The Beatles.
Because it was the beneficiary of early Beatlemania, the movie was a box office smash. So much so that people forget what an artistic triumph it was. Time magazine has declared it one of the all-time great 100 films.