At 50, the Beatles' first film, "A Hard Day's Night, is making a theatrical victory lap.
The comedy, which premiered July 6, 1964 in London and opened wide on Aug. 11, was recently released in a special DVD and Blu-ray edition and is back in theaters throughout the summer. For both Beatles fans and the surviving Beatles themselves, it's a chance to relive one of many career high points that occurred during 1964.
"It was a really exciting thing to do," recalls Ringo Starr says. "I mean, we were in a movie, man. We were making a movie! Four guys fro Liverpool making a movie -- it was so great. We were making records and, wow, the records were taking off and then we're playing to bigger and bigger audiences and that's taking off, and now we're doing a movie.
"It was mad...but it was incredible. I loved it."
"A Hard Day's Night" was nominated for two Academy Awards -- Best Screenplay for Alun Owen and Best Score (Adaptation) for Beatles producer George Martin -- while the accompanying album hit No. 1 in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. The title track won a Grammy Award for Best Performance By a Vocal Group.
"A Hard Day's Night" begins its Detroit-area roll-out on Friday, July 11, at Cinema Detroit, 3240 Cass Ave. Call 313-281-8301 or visit www.cinemadetroit.com for showtimes and other information. The film will also be part of the Detroit Film Theatre's outdoor series this summer, with free screenings at 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 1-2 at Kensington Metropark in Milford, Aug. 8-9 at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township and Aug. 15-16 at Willow Metropark in New Boston. More info can be found at www.metroparks.com or www.dia.org/dft.
More "A Hard Day's Night" screening details can be found at http://janusfilms.com/harddaysnight/.
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