Movies for Grownups

50 Years of Hard Day’s Night

August 12, 20142 min
Before The Beatles seized center stage for their first movie, rock bands on film were usually used to provide background music for the real actors. That all changed with the triumphant opening chord of A Hard Day’s Night, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. A new Criterion Collection set presents a restored version of A Hard Day’ Night, and audio supervisor Giles Martin (the son of George Martin, who produced nearly all of the Fab Four’s albums) tells Bill Newcott how he struck a balance between pleasing movie audiences and pleasing the Beatles themselves. 

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