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BFI 100: 88 – A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Here we continue, what will probably eventually become known as, the ill-fated journey of watching each of the British Film Institute’s 100 best films of the 20th Century. Starting at 100 and working my way to Orson Welles’ The Third Man at number 1. I’ll try to keep these blogs relatively spoiler free and I’ll consider them only a small record of moving through this series.

© United Artists
© United Artists

My next film is one that begins with one of the most recognisable chords then introduces 4 of the most recognisable faces in the history of popular music, The Beatles’: A Hard Day’s Night (88). Full disclosure, I’ve seen this film so many times I’ve lost count and it’s been one of my favourite movies since I was a child coming out of primary school. It’s certainly the best of the films the Beatles made and the supporting cast of Wilfrid Brambell, Norman Rossington, Victor Spinetti, and others makes this film stand out as a delightfully funny movie of its own right. Dick Lester weaves the script and the music together perfectly and there are so many stand out moments it’s hard to choose one, though for today I’m going to mention the Beatles meeting Richard Vernon’s (Later to become Slartibartfast in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy TV series) “city gent” on the train. We’ve all had that experience, haven’t we?

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