Alphabetical Movie – A Hard Day’s Night
I’ve been in no particular rush to write a blog about this film because I’m currently in the middle of the Harry Potter films and there are eight of them. While I could do an individual blog about each film, I have to ask myself if my time is better served by doing other things.
The answer, of course, is no. But I’m going to wait anyway.
Laziness, my friends, is a skill that must be practiced like any other.
Watching John, Paul, George and Ringo run away from screaming fans with huge grins on their faces is a different experience now than I imagine it was when this film first came out in 1964.
Yes, that statement is completely obvious. Of course it’s a different experience.
My point, I guess, is that there is an innocence of youth that the Beatles would lose pretty quickly following the release of this film. The music in the film is all their early work that was pretty damn good but lacked the depth and the darkness that much of their later, better work would have.
Less than ten years later, they would break up and move on to separate solo careers – none of which would be as artistically rich as the years they spent together. In less than twenty, John would be shot to death.
The irresistible march of time is frozen in this film and we see the Beatles as, I think, a lot of people would like to remember them – young, exuberant and together.
I wonder if it isn’t for the best that they broke up. Would the world want to see a grizzled Beatles tour? The Rolling Stones, to my eye, have always looked old. Whenever they appear on stage, they look more and more like the band I’ve always seen in my mind when I listen to them play.
The Beatles, on the other hand, always invoke images of their performance on the Ed Sullivan show – even when I am listening to “Hey Jude.” They are frozen in that time, oblivious to the violence and sickness that would eventually take two of them from us.
The Stones, by the way, are already mummified. They will live forever and when the zombie apocalypse comes, they will be spared because the horde will think they are already zombies.
Did anyone besides me just get a vision of a rock concert featuring the rolling stones with a huge horde of zombies rocking out? Slowly?
I think that Ozzy Osbourne would be doing a concert for fast zombies, don’t you?
The Beatles, on the other hand, would not survive the zombie apocalypse. They are a band that we need to be young. The band members can age but the Beatles must not. We should be thankful that they never did an unplugged concert on MTV or released a “greatest hits” album with four NEW songs and a new ballad version of “She Loves You.”
Side note: when artists re-record a song, why do they always do it as a ballad? You never hear of artists re-making a ballad as a peppy dance number. I am not looking forward to the day Lady Gaga re-records “Bad Romance.”
A Hard Day’s Night is a film about a time that is lost but it is also a film that shows us the most influential rock band of all time just before they became The Most Influential Rock Band of All Time. They were on the cusp of greatness and ultimately, it was that greatness that would rip them apart.
At least it wasn’t zombies.