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
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
The title of the titular song was a result of happenstance for which Paul McCartney claims credit. McCartney had been banned from driving due to a speeding violation, and while travelling to John Lennon's home in a chauffeur-driven car one day, he idly asked the driver if he'd been working hard. The driver responded drily, "Eight days a week". See more »
In the closing credits, the song "Things We Said Today" is mistakenly written as "Thing We Said Today." See more »
What place do you think this story of The Beatles is going to have on Western Culture?
You must be kidding me with that question. Culture? It's not culture.
What is it then?
A good laugh.
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The Fab Four are the subject of this documentary beginning from the days of phenomenal superstardom during their concerts from 1963-1966.
The storyline of this film (directed by Ron Howard) is great entertainment not only as a story of fame and its joys and pitfalls but also as a great trip down memory lane for this beloved group of artists.
The pitfalls are few - at least as exposed here. Firstly, these superstars were relatively unscathed compared to rock artists of lesser fame. The film is a good chronology up to the mid-1960s but then it jumps to 1969. It does not delve into the years after 1966. Yes, the title tells us this is just the touring years but the viewer is still left hungering for more story up to and including the eventual breakup - a hunger that is not satisfied.
But the footage and interviews do provide wonderful nostalgia for that wonderful decade that was made so great partly (some might say mainly) because of The Beatles. Such moments include the super-high in the beginning, the shift to less enthusiasm due to exhaustion from touring, dealing with a planned segregated concert in Jacksonville, controversy from John Lennon's comment on the group being more popular than Jesus, the magnificent music, and the presence of young men who were mature way beyond their years. A bonus is the unintended laughter caused by some 60s fashion (cat-eye glasses) and the screaming fits of young hysterical female fans. The latter had me howling out loud.
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