They didn’t have enough time to make an ordinary pop musical. A month or two for Alun Owen to write situations and dialogue for a quartet of non-actors, and for Lester to prepare his on-the-fly shoot; then four months from first day of filming to premiere. It’s a surprise the picture isn’t a mess, a miracle it’s so funny, expert and joyous. A Hard Day’s Night captures a moment, maybe the last, when rock stars didn’t take themselves seriously and could unaffectedly enjoy the pleasure of being rich (yeah!), famous (yeah!), adored (yeah!). Pretty good songs, too.
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