The Beatles' first film "A Hard Day's Night" celebrates its 50th anniversary with a return to movie theaters starting today (July 4) and continuing throughout the summer.
The film was re-released last month on DVD and Blu-ray in a special Criterion Collection edition a new digital restoration of the film approved by director Richard Lester, audio commentary, several documentaries about the movie and "The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film," an Academy Award-nominated short directed by Lester and starring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan.
Ringo Starr tells us that the film was a particular high point in the burgeoning Beatlemania taking place around the world at the time:
"It was all really exciting things to do, and certainly, we're making records and, wow, the records are taking off and then we're playing to bigger and bigger audiences and that's taking off and now we're doing a movie...It was mad, in its way. It was mad, but it was incredible."
"A Hard Day's Night" premiered on July 6, 2014 in London and opened worldwide on August 11. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards -- Best Screenplay for Alun Owen and Best Score (Adaptation) for Beatles producer George Martin -- while the accompanying album hit No. 1 in the U.S., U.K. and Australia and the title track won a Grammy Award for Best Performance By a Vocal Group.
A full list of "A Hard Day's Night" screenings can be found http://janusfilms.com/harddaysnight/.