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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

A Hard Day’s Night


John, Paul, George, and Ringo are gorgeous, carefree, and still somewhat innocent in the first film featuring the Beatles. The 1960s are in full swing and the British Invasion has become a reality – pop culture will never be the same again. Timeless Festival is proud to host the first Polish screening of a reconstruction of Richard Lester’s iconic smash-hit, brimming with songs and gags. Here, the famous four play themselves, or, rather, the comedy versions of young celebs besieged by fans.  Thirty-six hours  in the band’s life are infused with new-wave buoyancy, British humour, and documentary swagger, all accompanied by songs such as Can’t Buy Me Love, She Loves You, and And I Love Her. After all, as John Higgs wrote recently in the parallel history of James Bond and the Beatles: in the postwar battle for the nation’s soul, agent 007 represented death and the Liverpool musicians represented love.

Sebastian Smoliński

Richard Lester (b. 1932) is an American director. He moved to London in 1953 and began work as a director in independent television. When The Beatles were contracted to make a film, A Hard Day’s Night, they chose Lester from a list of possible directors. In 1965 he directed the second Beatles film, Help! He then went on to direct several quintessential films of the “swinging sixties”, including the sex comedy The Knack…And How to Get It (1965) and the satire How I Won the War (1967).

4K restoration.

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DATE

April 8, 2024

TIME

8:30 PM

VENUE

Kino Iluzjon Stolica

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 13, 2024

TIME

11:00 PM

VENUE

Kino Iluzjon Stolica

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

A Hard Day’s Night

ORIGINAL TITLE

A Hard Day’s Night

LANGUAGE

English

SUBTITLES

Polish

SECTION

DIRECTOR

DURATION

87 min

YEAR

1964

COUNTRY

SALES

Bruce and Martha Karsh

TRIGGER WARNING

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A Hard Day’s Night has turned out to be the Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals, the brilliant crystallisation of such diverse cultural particles as the pop movie, rock ‘n’ roll, cinéma vérité, the nouvelle vague, free cinema, the affectedly hand-held camera, frenzied cutting, the cult of the sexless subadolescent, the semi-documentary, and studied spontaneity.

– Andrew Sarris

PRODUCER

Walter Shenson

PRODUCTION

Walter Shenson Films, Proscenium Films

CAST

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfrid Brambell

SCREENPLAY

Alun Owen

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Gilbert Taylor (black&white)

EDITING

John Jympson

SCORE

The Beatles

COSTUME DESIGN

Julie Harris, Dougie Millings

ART DIRECTION

Ray Simm

DECADE

EDITION