Sunday, February 09, 2014

Whisked away by 'A Hard Day's Night'

Today marks the 50th anniversary of THE BEATLES' inaugural appearance on the ED SULLIVAN SHOW, a watershed moment for television and pop music in the United States.
Last night, I prepared for the occasion by watching the 1964 RICHARD LESTER film, "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT."
I have enjoyed watching the film many times before. Last night, I was struck by how propulsive the film seemed -- it seemed to rush headlong across the screen.
This effect was Lester's great touch, with quick cuts between scrambling legs and screaming girls' faces, shots of the band descending a fire escape  as viewed from the bottom and the marvelous use of a helicopter to show The Beatles scampering around the field.
When set to the band's uptempo rock, the scenes seem to whisk past, sweeping the viewer with them.
It really is a breathtaking film experience.


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