Richard Lester had achieved previous critical success in 1959 with The Running, Jumping and Standing Still Film, a grainy, experimental, 11-minute film starring Peter Sellers. As much as he wanted A "Hard Day's Night" to be a fun musical comedy, he also hoped to make a serious chronicle of a serious social and political movement the emerging power of youth in England and America. The Beatles and their fans represented a generational rebellion which grew throughout the '60s, a segment of dissatisfied, middle-class young people who outnumbered those adults maintaining the status quo of political and psychological oppression...
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...ey had in A "Hard Day's Night"; at times, it seems like the Beatles are the support, not the other way around.
It is still a fun movie, though. The film throws out so much comedic material during its 90 minutes that some of it had to stick, so "Help!" offers enough entertainment to remain worth watching. Moreover, it is always nice just to watch the Beatles play, even if they are lip-synching.
(1) All Media Guide. (2007). MLA style. Retrieved July 14, 2007 from http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=99442&mod=bio
(2) The Reel Beatles. (1999). MLA style. Retrieved July 14, 2007 from http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~ms538596/ahdn.html
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