- Richard Lester
- John Lennon, Paul McCartney
“Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night introduced the Beatles to the big screen in one of the best movie musicals of the decade. As the Citizen Kane of album musicals, A Hard Day’s Night brilliantly crystallized such diverse cultural particles as rock ‘n’ roll, the hand-held camera, frenzied cutting, and the cult of the sexless subadolescent. The studied spontaneity was a living amalgam of cinema vérité, the French nouvelle vague, and British Free Cinema. . . . Lester and the Beatles helped us remember that musicals were once supposed to be witty and tuneful. On the fan level, the movie forever encapsulated the public personae of rock’s greatest rock phenomenon and provided a performance record of some of their mellowest music.” (Village Voice). Shown in a spectacular digital restoration released in 2014 in honor of the film’s 50th anniversary.