Stop Making Sense
A Hard Day's Night
Legendary performances by Otis Redding, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, and more jump off the screen in Pennebaker’s document of the legendary music festival. “The first great pop festival, the first great festival film” (Greil Marcus). With Jimi Plays Berkeley, filmed at Hendrix’s 1970 Berkeley shows.
Richard Lester captures the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania, spiritedly weaving together documentary and fiction. With Mick Gochanour’s expanded edit of Peter Whitehead’s look at the Rolling Stones on tour, Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965.
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Also screens in the Barbro Osher Theater on Sunday, June 16
Often heralded as the greatest rock concert film ever, Demme’s rendering of a Talking Heads performance moves from David Byrne’s solo “Psycho Killer” to the joyously collective “Take Me to the River.” The cumulative effect is of “life being lived at a joyous high” (Roger Ebert).