A Hard Day’s Night
50th Anniversary Rerelease
Kubrick harnesses the widescreen, epic format for an intensely metaphysical experience in space and time. Since 2001’s release fifty years ago, “no movie has matched its solemnly jaw-dropping techno-poetic majesty” (Variety).
Exploring the strange symbiosis between a speechless actress (Liv Ullmann) and her nurse companion (Bibi Andersson), this is “Bergman at his most brilliant” (Time Out).
Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, and Burt Lancaster (in one of his greatest performances) star in this tale of an aging Sicilian aristocrat who watches as his life—and lifestyle—fades into the past. “Even the most intimate scenes seethe with a sense of change” (Village Voice). “A mellow and melancholy feast” (New York Times).
In Brooks’s first film (which won the Oscar for best screenplay), a has-been Broadway producer (Zero Mostel) hopes to bilk his investors by producing a surefire failure: Springtime for Hitler, the musical. With Gene Wilder and Dick Shawn.
Following the adventures of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, A Hard Day’s Night perfectly captures the spirit of the times—and, of course, the music is fantastic.
“Simply put, the key movie of the 1960s. Set in a vividly mod Swinging London, Antonioni’s first English-language film [is] a cryptic murder mystery . . . a landmark of the decade’s observational outrage and Pop disposability” (Time Out).
Wiseman’s documentary on a large urban high school in Philadelphia got to the core of American conformity and conditioning; seen as an antiestablishment indictment in the Vietnam War era, it has only gained resonance with age.