History Film / AHardDaysNight

22nd Aug '16 8:39:55 AM scionofgrace
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It's just an ordinary day and a half in the life for Music/JohnLennon, Music/PaulMcCartney, Music/GeorgeHarrison, and Music/RingoStarr: A train and a room and a car and a room and a room and a room; interviews and rehearsals and performances. It's slightly more unusual than most ordinary days, though, because Paul is ''supposed'' to be keeping an eye on his "[[SteptoeAndSon very clean]]" grandfather, a "king mixer." But since when have the Beatles, off-stage, done what they were supposed to do?

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It's just an ordinary day and a half in the life for Music/JohnLennon, Music/PaulMcCartney, Music/GeorgeHarrison, and Music/RingoStarr: A train and a room and a car and a room and a room and a room; interviews and rehearsals and performances. It's slightly more unusual than most ordinary days, though, because Paul is ''supposed'' to be keeping an eye on his "[[SteptoeAndSon very clean]]" grandfather, a "king mixer." "[[note]]i.e. "first-rate troublemaker"[[/note]] But since when have the Beatles, off-stage, done what they were supposed to do?



* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Much of the conflict in this film comes from uncertainly motivated teasing of Ringo, and his reactions to it.
** Subverted, as Ringo actually takes it all in good humor until Paul's Grandfather deliberately provokes him into running away.
** DoubleSubversion: He's willing to put up with it, but it's made clear that Ringo doesn't appreciate all the jibes directed at him. That simmering dissatisfaction is what Paul's Grandfather ends up exploiting.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Much of the conflict in this film comes from uncertainly motivated ambiguously-motivated teasing of Ringo, and his reactions to it.
** Subverted, Initially subverted, as Ringo actually takes it all in good humor until Paul's Grandfather deliberately provokes him into running away.
** DoubleSubversion: He's willing to put up with it, but it's made clear that Ringo doesn't appreciate all the jibes directed at him.
humor, then double-subverted as he gets tired of it. That simmering dissatisfaction is what Paul's Grandfather ends up exploiting.



* BerserkButton: Don't touch Ringo's drums. (As George explains, they loom large in his legend.)

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* BerserkButton: Don't touch Ringo's drums. (As George explains, they loom large in his legend.)drums.
-->'''Ringo''' You so much as breathe heavy on 'em, and I'm out on strike!



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Ringo, possibly. John strangely doesn't play one himself, in spite of being reputed for being one later in life. Though one could make an argument for the scene in which John plays with the toy boat in the bathtub.

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Ringo, possibly. John strangely doesn't play one himself, in spite of being reputed for being one later in life. Though one could make an argument for the Plus that scene in which with John plays with the toy boat in the bathtub.



* DeadpanSnarker: All four Beatles were masters of the craft. An example of a detail taken from real life, as the boys really would give sarcastic answers to reporters as they do in the film.

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* DeadpanSnarker: All four Beatles were masters of the craft. An example of Quite a detail few quips were adlibbed or taken from real life, as the boys really would give sarcastic answers to reporters as they do in the film.events.



* EscalatingChase: Near the end a chase scene involving all the Beatles, London bobbies, Paul's grandfather, and the Beatles' managers occurs.
* FakeShemp: For John during "Can't Buy Me Love." He was off promoting his book ''In His Own Write'' during production, so that's why you don't see him much during the sequence. Also, those are Richard Lester's legs you see instead of Paul's on the fire escape stairs -- Paul was too hung over to participate.

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* EscalatingChase: Near the end we get a chase scene involving all the Beatles, London bobbies, Paul's grandfather, and the Beatles' managers occurs.managers.
* FakeShemp: For John during "Can't Buy Me Love." He was off promoting his book ''In His Own Write'' during production, so that's why you don't see him much during the sequence. Also, those are Richard Lester's legs you see instead of Paul's on the fire escape stairs -- Paul was too hung over hungover to participate.



* FollowThatCar: A man trying to steal a car is forced to drive a police officer during a chase scene. The cop apparently unaware he's stealing the vehicle.
* FollowTheLeader: To say that the film's aesthetic (black and white, handheld camera, '60s coolness, and {{Postmodernism}}) is indebted to the UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave is quite the {{Understatement}}.

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* FollowThatCar: A man trying to steal a car is forced to drive a police officer during a chase scene. The cop apparently unaware doesn't realize he's stealing the vehicle.
in a stolen car.
* FollowTheLeader: To say that the film's aesthetic (black and white, handheld camera, '60s coolness, and {{Postmodernism}}) is indebted to the UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave is quite the an {{Understatement}}.



** Ringo is seen to be concerned about his height as well.

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** Ringo thinks this is seen to be concerned about his height as well.one reason he gets picked on.



* {{Instrumentals}}: Throughout the film and on the soundtrack too instrumental renditions of "I Should Have Known Better," "And I Love Her," and "This Boy" can be heard.

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* {{Instrumentals}}: Throughout the film and on the soundtrack too film, instrumental renditions of "I Should Have Known Better," "And I Love Her," and "This Boy" can be heard.



* PuppyDogEyes: Pretty much Ringo's default expression. It's perhaps most noticeable when the man on the train tells him to turn off the radio.

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* PuppyDogEyes: Pretty much Ringo's default expression. It's perhaps most noticeable Particularly when the man on the train tells him to turn off the radio.



** In numerous ways, real life Beatlemania being an obvious example. Other minor examples are George tripping and sprawling over the suitcases during the opening chase (a real accident that was [[ThrowItIn left in]]), and Ringo's SadClown sequence walking along the lake (it was praised as some of the best acting in the movie, but Ringo himself later admitted [[SerendipityWritesThePlot he was extremely hungover and genuinely miserable that day]]).

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** In numerous many ways, real life Beatlemania being an obvious example. Other minor examples are George tripping and sprawling over the suitcases during the opening chase (a real accident that was [[ThrowItIn left in]]), and Ringo's SadClown sequence walking along the lake (it was praised as some of the best acting in the movie, but Ringo himself later admitted [[SerendipityWritesThePlot he was extremely hungover and genuinely miserable that day]]).



** Number of times Ringo puts his coat over a puddle for a woman to walk over, the last time being... Less helpful than the first two.

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** Number of times Ringo puts his coat over a puddle for a woman to walk over, the last time being... Less less helpful than the first two.



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Ringo's vocabulary was apparently [[BookDumb rather limited]] in reality, which makes it hilarious when he drops phrases like "bourgeois cliches" or "active compensatory factor."

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Ringo's real-life vocabulary was apparently used to be [[BookDumb rather limited]] in reality, limited]], which makes it hilarious when he drops phrases like "bourgeois cliches" or "active compensatory factor."
11th Jul '16 6:12:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* BreachOfPromiseOfMarriage: Referenced in, of all places, this film, where Paul describes his grandfather ([[PhraseCatcher the clean old man]]) as a "villain, a real mixer, who'll cost you a fortune in breach of promise cases".
16th Mar '16 6:22:29 PM DoctorNemesis
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* JerkassHasAPoint: When Paul's Grandfather complains about being "In a train and a room, a car and a room, and a room and a room!" one of the make-up artists nods in agreement, saying "[[PhraseCatcher What a clean old man!]]"

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* JerkassHasAPoint: JerkassHasAPoint:
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When Paul's Grandfather complains about being "In a train and a room, a car and a room, and a room and a room!" one of the make-up artists nods in agreement, saying "[[PhraseCatcher What a clean old man!]]"man!]]"
** The man on the train isn't exactly wrong to be bothered by the Beatles playing loud music or the breeze from the open window; the problem is that he acts like a high-handed, pompous and entitled little dictator who seems to believe that the fact that he "rides this train regularly -- twice a week!" means that he's in charge of both the compartment and his fellow commuters.
13th Mar '16 6:02:56 AM wrestlingdog909
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* {{Troll}}: Paul's grandfather, the "king mixer", starts fights everywhere he goes by playing off people's insecurities.
12th Feb '16 12:06:07 PM spirasen
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The Beatles later did four more movies: ''Film/{{Help}},'' ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour'' (though that one ended up a TVMovie), the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine,'' and the actual documentary ''Film/LetItBe.''

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The Beatles later did four more movies: ''Film/{{Help}},'' ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour'' (though that one ended up a TVMovie), a MadeForTVMovie), the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine,'' and the actual documentary ''Film/LetItBe.''
12th Feb '16 12:01:49 PM spirasen
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** DoubleSubverted: He's willing to put up with it, but it's made clear that Ringo doesn't appreciate all the jibes directed at him. That simmering dissatisfaction is what Paul's Grandfather ends up exploiting.

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** DoubleSubverted: DoubleSubversion: He's willing to put up with it, but it's made clear that Ringo doesn't appreciate all the jibes directed at him. That simmering dissatisfaction is what Paul's Grandfather ends up exploiting.
12th Feb '16 11:59:44 AM spirasen
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* BuxomIsBetter: Paul's grandfather certainly thinks so. When Margaret Nolan's {{GamblerGroupie|s}} leans over his shoulder and shows off her cleavage, he grins lecherously and says: "I bet you're a great swimmer."

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* BuxomIsBetter: Paul's grandfather certainly thinks so. When Margaret Nolan's {{GamblerGroupie|s}} {{Gambler Groupie|s}} leans over his shoulder and shows off her cleavage, he grins lecherously and says: "I bet you're a great swimmer."
12th Feb '16 11:55:59 AM spirasen
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* FollowTheLeader: To say that the film's aesthetic (black and white, handheld camera, '60s coolness and {{Postmodernism}}) is indebted to the UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave is quite the {{Understatement}}.

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* FollowTheLeader: To say that the film's aesthetic (black and white, handheld camera, '60s coolness coolness, and {{Postmodernism}}) is indebted to the UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave is quite the {{Understatement}}.
12th Feb '16 11:54:04 AM spirasen
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* FollowTheLeader: To say that the film's aesthetic (black and white, handheld camera, '60s coolness and {{Postmodernism}}) is indebted to the FrenchNewWave is quite the {{Understatement}}.

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* FollowTheLeader: To say that the film's aesthetic (black and white, handheld camera, '60s coolness and {{Postmodernism}}) is indebted to the FrenchNewWave UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave is quite the {{Understatement}}.
12th Feb '16 11:51:00 AM spirasen
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* {{Instrumental}}: Throughout the film and on the soundtrack too instrumental renditions of "I Should Have Known Better," "And I Love Her," and "This Boy" can be heard.

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* {{Instrumental}}: {{Instrumentals}}: Throughout the film and on the soundtrack too instrumental renditions of "I Should Have Known Better," "And I Love Her," and "This Boy" can be heard.
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