Night & Day Archives » Night & Day

They Know How to Behave

They had lessons

by

comment
From a very biased standpoint, A Hard Day's Night is not only the greatest of the Beatles' films, it's also slightly melancholy — and not just because of the lonely Ringo plot line. Director Richard Lester and writer Alun Owen together re-created a typical day in the life of the band, and the individual Liverpool lads are charming and funny as they attempt to shepherd Paul's grandfather ("a clean old man") around town and get to a television studio for a live broadcast. But were they ever this carefree again? The world changed because of the Beatles, but the world changed them, too. Fame and, worse, celebrity made them more guarded, more circumspect in public, and the dynamic of the group changed. A Hard Day's Night captures the band members on the precipice, right before they leap into superstardom. Well, no point being too sad about it. The film still has the power to shock you with how normal and funny the boys were when they were still boys, and the music is as great as ever. A Hard Day's Night screens outdoors at 8:45 p.m. on the lake stage at St. Louis Union Station (1820 Market Street; 314-421-6555 or www.stlouisunionstation.com). Admission is free.
Fri., Sept. 5, 2008

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.