A Hard Day's Night (88 mins)
The Beatles’ freewheeling film debut remains deliriously entertaining 50 years on, anarchically revelling in the Fab Four’s slapstick, sardonic personas and adopting a kinetic visual style – influenced by the French New Wave - that would inspire the modern music video.
Made at the peak of Beatlemania, it chronicles a couple of days in the life of the band as they try and escape the attentions of hysterical fans, clueless hacks, uncool toffs, a perpetually fretful manager and the regrettable presence of Paul’s ‘clean’ but meddling grandfather. Alun Owen’s witty, Oscar®-nominated script ensures that the film endures as a scintillating blend of marvellous music and gently satirical comedy, and John, Paul, George and Ringo ooze youthful irreverence and utterly unforced charm.
Start playing within 30 days. Finish watching in 48 hours.
Featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Directed by Richard Lester
More like this...
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 2014
Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard’s collaboration with Cannes Festival-favourites Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is a stunning, tense drama about a woman’s race against time to save her job.
Directed by Mike Hodges, 1980
Sam J. Jones stars as the quintessential comic strip hero, out to save the Earth from Ming the Merciless, in Mike Hodges’ visually ravishing sci-fi.
A touching and acutely observed story of two boys switched at birth having to readjust to their natural parents, from Japan’s modern maestro Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Directed by Tobias Lindholm, 2012
Tobias Lindholm’s outstanding thriller offers a fresh twist on the hijacking drama by contrasting the experiences of two key protagonists – the ship’s cook and the company CEO tasked with managing negotiations back home.
A muted newsreel tribute to Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand - victim of an assassin's bullet in an event that would soon take Europe to war.
Spectacular feats of early aviation at Hendon Aerodrome, North London.
Roll up, roll up, for all the fun of the fair as Sunderland celebrates the August bank holiday.
An aeronautical accident is caught on camera at a Parisian 'Aéro-Parc'.
Enjoy a preview of the exciting films we’ve got in store for you on the BFI Player.