A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
In the 1960s, the Beatles exploded on to the public scene, seemingly out of nowhere as the band's formative years of constant performing at home and in Hamburg, and Brian Epstein's grooming, finally paid off beyond their wildest dreams. Accompanying new interviews of the remaining Beatles, their associates and fans as well as archival interviews of the late ones, this film features footage of the heady concert years of 1963 to 66 when the band became a worldwide cultural phenomena topping them all. Furthermore, it also follows how the Fab Four began to change and grow while the excitement of Beatlemania began to sour their lives into an intolerable slog they needed to escape from to become more than what their fans wanted. Written by
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In the theatre special concert from Shea Stadium, George very visibly switches to his 12-string Rickenbacker guitar for "A Hard Day's Night", but during the song, there are a few shots of him suddenly playing his Gretsch instead. See more »
I must say that following all the media publicity about discovering an untold story about the band we all know and love, I was disappointed by the lack of revelation and unseen footage that this movie contains. I am a hardcore fan and have probably read too many books and watched too many documentaries about the band, so I found it mildly interesting. That is not to say that the film is badly put together and many will find it interesting, not only there are footage of their touring but also some snippets of studio banter and early takes that I have never heard before. I rather enjoyed the Shea Stadium concert (that I probably had watched dozens of times before!), nice to watch on a big screen with a remastered sound (although most of the music has been overdubbed later in the studio, due to the poor recording quality but hey in 1965 it was quite a challenge to put a Beatles concert on tape with 50000 screaming girls in the background!). If you are not a hardcore Beatlemaniac you might enjoy this movie. The Beatles First Visit was far more interesting as regarding the life on the road.
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