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A Hard Day's Night

This entertaining Beatles musical comedy is 50 year young

Those boots, those suits! The Beatles romp and smirk and sing their way through Richard Lester's exuberant 1964 film. The slimmest of backstage plots simply provides a hook from which to dangle sight gags, visual riffs, four adorable leads and a dozen hit songs. Lester and his off-beat style catch Beatlemania lightning in a bottle: In this first heat of their incredible media celebrity, the lads — and indeed the whole generation they'll come to represent — just sparkle with youth, enthusiasm and plenty of infectious, mildly anarchic fun. The film has been restored for its 50th anniversary.

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