SPR Goes to the Movies: A Hard Day's Night

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Moviegoers 'met the Beatles' all over again in a ONE NIGHT ONLY showing of the revolutionary musical comedy film A Hard Day's Night, held at the Bing on August 20, 2014.

The evening began with a special taping of Movies 101 discussing the film's impact on musical movies. Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart, and Nathan Weinbender were joined by Leah Sottile Preston, a Spokane-based writer who formerly served as music & culture editor at the Inlander. The discussion was recorded for later broadcast.

Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play exaggeratedly exuberant versions of themselves, on a trip from Liverpool to London to make a TV appearance. Along the way they must deal with an uptight manager, hordes of fans and McCartney’s strange grandfather.

The Fab Four run away from British police in one of many funny scenes from A Hard Day's Night.

Directed by Richard Lester, the film features several now-iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell.” After its U.S. debut in August 1964, the New York Times review called it "a whale of a comedy" featuring "a fine conglomeration of madcap clowning in the old Marx Brothers' style, and it is done with such a dazzling use of camera that it tickles the intellect and electrifies the nerves."

For this 50th anniversary version of A Hard Day's Night, Janus Films has digitally restored the entire film and hired Giles Martin, the son of the Beatles' producer, to remix and remaster the iconic soundtrack.

Tickets for this one-night-only event are available at the front desk of Spokane Public Radio, 2319 N. Monroe Street in Spokane, or by calling (800) 328-5729. , Wednesday August 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater in Downtown Spokane.Tickets are $10 general admission, available from Spokane Public Radio at 328-5729.

Thank You to Event Donors Spokane 7, Sayre & Sayre Attorneys at Law, and Music Corner inside Pawn One.