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  • A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

FP025: “What do you call that hairstyle?” “Arthur.”

“Are you a mod or a rocker?”

“I’m a mocker.”

Ringo’s exchange sets the tone for Richard Lester’s wild, free and groundbreaking little film. In the pantheon of musical performance films, everything is either before HDN or after HDN. This movie, release just about a half year after The Nutty Professor shows the world of teens as it was becoming: not the staid, old big bands and stodgy dances of the past, but fast paced, casual and terribly, terribly hip.

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