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by Hazel Cochrane (subscribe)
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Published September 17th 2016
Experience Beatlemania all over again or for the first time
Beatles, Eight Days a week, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
Beatles - Eight Days a Week

From the opening conversations between Paul McCartney and John Lennon and the opening songs, you can tell this movie is going to be something special for Beatles fans.

Eight Days a Week is a behind the scenes look at the Beatles, not only the music but the lives of four men, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, who were friends, collaborators and brothers in music. The movie cuts through the hype and hysteria that made the Beatles a household name, to reveal four intelligent, ambitious and creative men who started out playing music in small clubs for little financial reward and became the biggest musical sensation of our time.

Beatles, Eight Days a week, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
THE CAVERN, LIVERPOOL. AUGUST 1962 - Copyright APPLE CORPS LIMITED

Beatles, Eight Days a week, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
COVENTRY THEATRE, COVENTRY. NOVEMBER 1963 - Copyright APPLE CORPS LIMITED


For those that were not fortunate enough to see them the first time, this film provides the chance to understand how the Beatles transformed from four lads from Liverpool into The Fab Four, who lived in the spotlight, every move and word recorded, replayed and judged.

Oscar winning director, Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo13), has gathered rare and never before seen footage of the touring years from 1962 to 1966, incorporating some of the 250 live performances including Shea stadium. The digitally remastered live performances, which were originally drowned out by screaming girls in the 1960s, span from the early days to their historic performance watched by 73 million fans on the Ed Sullivan Show and concert footage from across the globe. Included in the footage and accompanied by loud cheers from delighted moviegoers, is the arrival of the Beatles at Adelaide Airport and their visit to Adelaide Town Hall. Amusing, charismatic and light-hearted during the many interviews when on tour, the band were not afraid to use their collective clout to enforce their principles. During their USA tour, they refused to play in venues where the audiences were segregated, a fact which most people have not known until now.

Howard has interwoven the music and restored concert footage with enough interviews to provide context and interest without turning the movie into yet another Beatles documentary full of talking heads. Paul and Ringo talk about the bond between the Beatles and how they composed their extensive music catalogue. They discuss the pressure of being trapped in hotels rooms to avoid being mauled by crowds of screaming fans and meeting the gruelling recording, tour and promotional deadlines and the decision to stop touring in 1966.

Beatles, Eight Days a week, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
ON TRAIN BETWEEN WASHINGTON DC AND NEW YORK FEBRUARY 1964 Copyright APPLE CORPS LIMITED


Beatles, Eight Days a week, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
Beatles

Eight Days a Week briefly explores the Beatles as they confined themselves to the studio to record the iconic album Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, through to their final live performance from the rooftop of the Abbey Road Studio. It was to be their last performance before the stress and strain broke them as individuals, ultimately resulting in one of the biggest break ups in music history.


Beatles, Eight Days a week, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
Shea Stadium Copyright Subafilms Ltd


Following the credits is 30 minutes of remastered footage from their concert in Shea Stadium to 56,000 screaming fans. According to the introduction, the entire concert was only 50 minutes long, including the warm up act, but it is doubtful that most of the screaming teenagers heard much of the Beatles performance. Luckily, the wonders of modern technology provides cinema audiences with the chance to hear the Beatles play hit after hit without the screaming.

Beatles, Eight Days a week, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
NEW WASHINGTON DC. FEBRUARY 1964 - Copyright APPLE CORPS LIMITED

Beatle fans will enjoy revisiting the days of Beatlemania through the songs they know so well, as they have never heard them before, through the cinema sound system. For those who weren't so lucky, Eight Days a Week provides the opportunity for a new generation of music lovers to experience the phenomenon that was The Beatles.
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Your Comment
Great article and fantastic movies,loved the concert at the end of the movie
by Peter (score: 1|65) 369 days ago
Sounds like a great movie, thanks for the write up
by shere (score: 1|22) 348 days ago
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