History Film / AHardDaysNight

17th Apr '17 3:07:04 PM mlsmithca
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* GratuitousFrench: To mark Le Cercle Club as a classy gambling establishment, the croupier and waiter speak French instead of English. Grandad [=McCartney=], however, can't speak the language at all, so he answers the croupier's question of "Alors, monsieur?" ("[Well] then, sir?") with "Soufflé!" (an egg-based baked dish for which English simply borrows the French word), and answers the waiter's question "Encore de champagne, monsieur?" ("More champagne, sir?") with "Oh yeah, and I'll have some more champagne as well!" He also repeatedly says [[{{Malapropism}} "Bingo!"]] instead of the baccarat term "Banco" (for "banker", "Punto" referring to the player).



* LensFlare: During "And I Love Her," as the camera turns to Paul's silhouette in a stagelight.

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* LensFlare: During "And I Love Her," as the camera turns to Paul's silhouette in a stagelight.[[note]] United Artists executives who saw the scene were convinced it was a mistake and asked producer Walter Shenson about it; Shenson replied that they had spent all morning trying to get the lens flare effect right.[[/note]]
1st Apr '17 7:15:50 PM Boson
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* APartyAlsoKnowsAsAnOrgy: The Beatles, confined to their hotel suite, discover Paul's grandfather has borrowed an old waiter's formal clothes and gone out to a gambling club. Paul, anxious about it, concludes "He's probably in the middle of some orgy by now!" They all react with excitement at the idea and rush out to find him.

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* APartyAlsoKnowsAsAnOrgy: APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy: The Beatles, confined to their hotel suite, discover Paul's grandfather has borrowed an old waiter's formal clothes and gone out to a gambling club. Paul, anxious about it, concludes "He's probably in the middle of some orgy by now!" They all react with excitement at the idea and rush out to find him.
9th Mar '17 5:30:48 PM mlsmithca
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-->Millie: Oh, wait a minute, don't tell me, you are...
-->John: No, I'm not.
-->Millie: Oh, you are.
-->John: I'm not.
-->Millie: Oh, you are, I know you are.
-->John: I'm not, no.
-->Millie: You look just like him.
-->John: Do I? You're the first one that's said that ever.
-->Millie: ''motions to the mirror'' Yes, you do. Look.
-->John: No, my eyes are lighter. The nose.
-->Millie: Oh, your nose is very.
-->John: Is it?
-->Millie: I would have said so.
-->John: Oh, you know him better, though.
-->Millie: I do not! He's only a casual acquaintance.
-->John: That's what you say.
-->Millie: What have you heard?
-->John: ''leans in, lowers his voice'' It's all over the place.
-->Millie: Is it? Is it really?
-->John: Mmm, but I wouldn't have it. I stuck up for you.
-->Millie: I knew I could rely on you.
-->John: Thanks.
-->Millie: ''puts on her glasses'' You don't look like him at all.
-->''John walks away, pouting''
-->John: ''to himself'' She looks more like him than I do.

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-->Millie: -->'''Millie:''' Oh, wait a minute, don't tell me, you are...
-->John: -->'''John:''' No, I'm not.
-->Millie: -->'''Millie:''' Oh, you are.
-->John: -->'''John:''' I'm not.
-->Millie: -->'''Millie:''' Oh, you are, I know you are.
-->John: -->'''John:''' I'm not, no.
-->Millie: -->'''Millie:''' You look just like him.
-->John: -->'''John:''' Do I? You're the first one that's said that ever.
-->Millie: ''motions -->'''Millie:''' ''[motions to the mirror'' mirror]'' Yes, you do. Look.
-->John: -->'''John:''' No, my eyes are lighter. The nose.
-->Millie: -->'''Millie:''' Oh, your nose is very.
-->John: -->'''John:''' Is it?
-->Millie: -->'''Millie:''' I would have said so.
-->John: -->'''John:''' Oh, you know him better, though.
-->Millie: -->'''Millie:''' I do not! He's only a casual acquaintance.
-->John: -->'''John:''' That's what you say.
-->Millie: -->'''Millie:''' What have you heard?
-->John: ''leans -->'''John:''' ''[leans in, lowers his voice'' voice]'' It's all over the place.
-->Millie: -->'''Millie:''' Is it? Is it really?
-->John: -->'''John:''' Mmm, but I wouldn't have it. I stuck up for you.
-->Millie: -->'''Millie:''' I knew I could rely on you.
-->John: -->'''John:''' Thanks.
-->Millie: ''puts -->'''Millie:''' '']puts on her glasses'' glasses]'' You don't look like him at all.
-->''John -->''[John walks away, pouting''
-->John: ''to himself''
pouting]''
-->'''John:''' ''[to himself]''
She looks more like him than I do.
4th Mar '17 7:58:06 PM lipranzer
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* DigeticSwitch: The Beatles play cards in an isolated part of the train while schoolgirls watch them. "I Should Have Known Better" begins to play, and as the singing is heard, Paul starts lip-synching. Next thing you see are the Beatles already playing with their instruments to the rest of the song until their card game's over.

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* DigeticSwitch: DiegeticSwitch: The Beatles play cards in an isolated part of the train while schoolgirls watch them. "I Should Have Known Better" begins to play, and as the singing is heard, Paul starts lip-synching. Next thing you see are the Beatles already playing with their instruments to the rest of the song until their card game's over.
11th Feb '17 8:31:33 PM Mdumas43073
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* HolyLight: Two instances. In the first "Can't Buy Me Love" when The Beatles first break out of the TV studio and into the field, they get backlit by the sun as they clamber downstairs. And Paul gets this for a second or two, via a stage light, near the end of the "And I Love Her" segment... WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic

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* HolyLight: HolyBacklight: Two instances. In the first "Can't Buy Me Love" when The Beatles first break out of the TV studio and into the field, they get backlit by the sun as they clamber downstairs. And Paul gets this for a second or two, via a stage light, near the end of the "And I Love Her" segment... WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic
11th Feb '17 8:29:58 PM Mdumas43073
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-->'''Norm''': "Ringo, what are you up to?"\\
'''Ringo''': (peering from magazine) "Page five."\\

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-->'''Norm''': "Ringo, Ringo, what are you up to?"\\
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'''Ringo''': (peering from magazine) "Page Page five."\\\\
11th Feb '17 8:28:52 PM Mdumas43073
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The A Hard Day's Night CultSoundtrack has also been praised as one of the band's best. The album cover has become iconic and songs like "A Hard Day's Night," "And I Love Her," and "Can't Buy Me Love" became Top 5 hits. "Things We Said Today" has also gained classic status over the decades. The soundtrack album has [[Music/AHardDaysNight its own entry.]]

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The A Hard Day's Night This film's CultSoundtrack has also been praised as one of the band's best. The album cover has become iconic and songs like "A Hard Day's Night," "And I Love Her," and "Can't Buy Me Love" became Top 5 hits. "Things We Said Today" has also gained classic status over the decades. The soundtrack album has [[Music/AHardDaysNight its own entry.]]
11th Feb '17 8:27:34 PM Mdumas43073
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The film has become a CultClassic due to its many innovations in cinematography (notably the invention of the hand held camera shot and its use of the birds eye view shots during the "Can't Buy Me Love" sequence).

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The Released during the pinnacle of Beatlemania in 1964, the film has become a CultClassic due to its many innovations in cinematography (notably the invention of the hand held camera shot and its use of the birds eye view shots during the "Can't Buy Me Love" sequence).
2nd Feb '17 3:42:54 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* PlayingGertrude: Wilfred Brambell was only thirty years older than Paul despite playing his grandfather.
2nd Feb '17 3:40:59 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Adorkable}}: Ringo, particularly when he gallantly lets a lady walk over his coat and right into a sinkhole.



* AluminumChristmasTrees: During the opening sequence, The Beatles are shown running from fans at the train station. Well, except for Paul, who's disguised himself by wearing a phony beard. In the early years of Beatlemania, the Beatles really wore disguises in public to avoid being seen. Even better, the scene really is of the band running from fans, which just happened to be caught on film.
* AlwaysCamp: Simon Marshall is equal parts camp and uptight TV producer. He and his crew mistake George as the new spokesperson for a line of men's shirts which Simon instructs George to call "gear and fab and all the other pimply hyperboles." When George calls them "grotesque" and then calls resident teenager Susan Campey a drag ("We turn the sound down and say rude things"), Simon flips.



* AwkwardlyPlacedBathtub: More like awkwardly placed ''people'', really. The bathtub is actually in the bathroom, but for some reason George and Shaker have decided to hang out there, too.
* BathsAreFun: John is playing with submarines while taking a bubble bath.
* BathSuicide: John lampoons this while playing with submarines in the bathtub. His British submarine gets "hit," and he sinks into the water, pretending to die.
-->'''George:''' Torpedoed again.



* DancingOnABus: The Beatles sing "I Should Have Known Better" in a baggage car on a train.



* DigeticSwitch: The Beatles play cards in an isolated part of the train while schoolgirls watch them. "I Should Have Known Better" begins to play, and as the singing is heard, Paul starts lip-synching. Next thing you see are the Beatles already playing with their instruments to the rest of the song until their card game's over.
* DigitalDestruction: The film has gone through at least two of these:
** The first was more Analog Destruction as it happened in 1982, back when film restoration was a new idea. Creator/{{Universal}} wanted to spruce the film up for a U.S. theatrical re-release that year, and those handling the transfer elected to convert the entire soundtrack to stereo on the theory that stereo is better than mono. (Modern fans of The Beatles strongly disagree, but the fandom was still redeveloping back then.) To cap it off, the restorers then '''threw out the original soundtrack''', making a legit restoration impossible.
** There were then two further attempts to restore the film, in 1996 and 2001. The 2001 restoration by [[Creator/MiramaxFilms Miramax]] deliberately tried to "improve" on the theatrical release. While the use of a modern theatrical aspect is understandable (the film ''did'' briefly air in modern theaters), they could've made the original aspect available on the DVD. It used the controversial 5.1 speech/mono song soundtrack (by this time, stereo would've been the best quality possible due to the 1982 restoration). And while we can't be sure that 2001's picture is less faithful than 1996's (if we could, then we wouldn't need film restoration as much), it's clear that they're using different greyscale keys. The 1996 edition frequently has what looks like light reflecting off smoke in the air (which may or may not have been in the original); the 2001 edition removes that and deliberately goes for chiaroscuro.
** Thankfully, TheCriterionCollection came to the rescue in 2014, releasing a 4K restoration approved by director Richard Lester on both DVD and UsefulNotes/BluRay. Not only did the release restore the film's original aspect ratio, it also contained a mono soundtrack.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: John, George, and Ringo are introduced running for their lives from the fans. They are further established, along with Paul's grandfather, in the first train scenes.
* EveryoneChasingYou: The famous opening where The Beatles get chased by their fans.



* TheFilmOfTheSong
* FinishDialogueInUnison: When Paul brings his grandfather along on a train trip, John asks "Hey, pardon me for asking, but who's that little old man?" Then later on, their road manager asks the same, then still later their manager asks, and they all chime in in unison.



* FollowTheLeader: To say that the film's aesthetic (black and white, handheld camera, '60s coolness, and {{Postmodernism}}) is indebted to the UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave is an {{understatement}}.



* GagNose: Ringo is ribbed by the others about his nose. Paul's grandpa shows his talent for divisiveness.
-->'''Grandpa:''' Now now, Paulie, you musn't mock the afflicted.\\
'''Paul:''' Aw, come on, it's only a joke!\\
'''Grandpa:''' Aye, it may be a joke to you, but it's ''his'' nose. ''He'' can't help havin' such a hideous great hooter. And his poor neck, tremblin' under the weight!



* HolyLight: Two instances. In the first "Can't Buy Me Love" when The Beatles first break out of the TV studio and into the field, they get backlit by the sun as they clamber downstairs. And Paul gets this for a second or two, via a stage light, near the end of the "And I Love Her" segment... WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic



* IdentityDenial: John has the following dialogue with a random girl:
-->Millie: Oh, wait a minute, don't tell me, you are...
-->John: No, I'm not.
-->Millie: Oh, you are.
-->John: I'm not.
-->Millie: Oh, you are, I know you are.
-->John: I'm not, no.
-->Millie: You look just like him.
-->John: Do I? You're the first one that's said that ever.
-->Millie: ''motions to the mirror'' Yes, you do. Look.
-->John: No, my eyes are lighter. The nose.
-->Millie: Oh, your nose is very.
-->John: Is it?
-->Millie: I would have said so.
-->John: Oh, you know him better, though.
-->Millie: I do not! He's only a casual acquaintance.
-->John: That's what you say.
-->Millie: What have you heard?
-->John: ''leans in, lowers his voice'' It's all over the place.
-->Millie: Is it? Is it really?
-->John: Mmm, but I wouldn't have it. I stuck up for you.
-->Millie: I knew I could rely on you.
-->John: Thanks.
-->Millie: ''puts on her glasses'' You don't look like him at all.
-->''John walks away, pouting''
-->John: ''to himself'' She looks more like him than I do.



* KensingtonGore: Played with in a canteen scene: an actor uses ketchup first on his food and then on his "wound."
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Ringo's Theme (This Boy)". It's actually just an instrumental version of the song "This Boy," but it nicely captures the melancholy of Ringo's TenMinuteRetirement in the film.



* LifeEmbellished: The routine of The Beatels, only with a few bits of absurdity kept it from being a Journal Film.
* LiteralMetaphor: When Ringo decides to leave the group to have some time to himself.
-->'''Paul:''' He can't just walk out on us like this!\\
'''John:''' Can't he? He's done it, son!



* MathematiciansAnswer: When The Beatles are being interviewed, many of their answers are like this:
-->'''Reporter 1:''' Tell me, um, how did you find America?
-->'''Music/JohnLennon:''' Turned left at Greenland.
-->'''Reporter 2:''' Has success changed your life?
-->'''Music/GeorgeHarrison:''' Yes.
-->'''Reporter 3:''' Do you think these haircuts have come to stay?
-->'''Music/RingoStarr:''' Well this one has, y'know, stuck on good and proper now.
-->'''Reporter 4:''' What do you call that hairstyle you're wearing?
-->'''George:''' Arthur.
-->'''Reporter 3:''' What do you call that collar?
-->'''Ringo:''' Mmm... A collar.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: John does a visual gag where he pretends to snort a bottle of soda pop, as in "snorting coke" but it's a bottle of Pepsi!



* MusicStories



* NiceHat: John wears a Nice Hat (a cap, really) for much of the film. It's nice enough that some copies of his book ''In His Own Write'' have pictures of him in that hat.
* NonActorVehicle: For the Beatles. One of the few times where it turned out well.



* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion:
-->'''Reporter:''' ''[to John]'' How did you find America?\\
'''John:''' Turn left at Greenland.



* OopNorth: Ringo skips out of the studio to roam London on his own - when a policeman shouts at him for hurling a brick in the river he shouts back "Southerner!". Meanwhile the band's manager frets on Ringo's potential misdeeds, what with his being "released on the unsuspecting South".



* {{Paparazzi}}: The film deals with this during the press conference scene. At one point, a photographer fills a reel of film with George Harrison making faces into the camera.



* APartyAlsoKnowsAsAnOrgy: The Beatles, confined to their hotel suite, discover Paul's grandfather has borrowed an old waiter's formal clothes and gone out to a gambling club. Paul, anxious about it, concludes "He's probably in the middle of some orgy by now!" They all react with excitement at the idea and rush out to find him.
--> '''Old Waiter''': Wait, what about ''me?''
--> '''John''': You're too old.



* PuddleCoveringChivalry: Ringo Starr takes off his coat to help a woman cross a puddle, but it turns out to be a manhole and she plummets down into the sewer.



* PuddleCoveringChivalry: Ringo Starr takes off his coat to help a woman cross a puddle, but it turns out to be a manhole and she plummets down into the sewer.

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* PuddleCoveringChivalry: Ringo Starr takes off QuintessentialBritishGentleman: The Beatles encounter one during their train ride.
-->'''John:''' Knock it off, Paul, you can't win with
his coat to help a woman cross a puddle, sort. After all, it's his train, isn't it, Mister?
-->'''Man:''' And don't take that tone with me, young man. I fought the war for your sort.
-->'''Ringo:''' I bet you're sorry you won.
* RapidFireComedy: The film generally runs on the RuleOfFunny,
but it reaches true rapid-fire status during the press conference sequence. All four Beatles take turns out offering snarky, punny or just plain absurd answers to reporters' questions. TruthInTelevision, as they really did tend to be a manhole inveterate smartasses, and she plummets down into the sewer.that scene was completely ad-libbed.
* RealSongThemeTune: The titular song.


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* RecognitionFailure: John is recognized by a fan, yet he convinces her that he doesn't exactly look like him at all, to which she agrees and assumes it's not really him! (This was apparently TruthInTelevision; Music/DavidBowie once recalled being very impressed by this technique when in New York with Lennon and later using it himself.)
* RibbonCuttingCeremony: John plays with the ribbon cutting ceremony, cutting a tailor's measuring tape. In the movie, he says "I now declare this bridge open!" as he cuts the ribbon, but in unseen takes before that, he'd ceremoniously cut the ribbon for other (ridiculous) places, such as a "fish and chips shop."


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* RunningGag:
** Paul's grandfather. He's very clean.
** "Who's that little old man?"


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* SerenadeYourLover: The Beatles parody this when they sing "If I Fell"...to ''Ringo''.


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* SpeakingLikeTotallyTeen: George is brought to a fashion designer ([[YourCostumeNeedsWork unaware that he's the real deal]]) to preview some clothes.
-->'''Designer:''' Now, you'll like these, you'll really dig them. They're fab and all the other pimply hyperboles.
-->'''George:''' I wouldn't be seen dead in them. They're dead grotty!
-->'''Designer:''' "Grotty"?
-->'''George:''' Yeah, grotesque.
-->'''Designer:''' (''to assistant'') Make a note of that word and give it to Susan...


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* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: John lampshades this by yelling "Let's put on the show right here, yeah!" before The Beatles rehearse a musical number. He was bummed that it ended up looking like he was serious. However, a lot of the film does avert this, since the whole movie is building up to their TV performance, so it made sense for them to be "rehearsing" musical numbers. This is due in part to the band not being fans of this trope.


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* TitledAfterTheSong
* TitleThemeTune
* TotallyRadical: George is mistaken to be a participant in an ad campaign and ad manager Simon Marshall shows some shirts to him, "feeding" George the lines he's to use.
-->'''Simon:''' Now, you'll like these. You'll really "dig" them. They're "fab", and all the other pimply hyperboles.
-->'''George:''' (''after assessing the shirts'') I wouldn't be seen dead in them. They're dead grotty.
-->'''Simon:''' Grotty?
-->'''George:''' Yeah. Grotesque.
-->'''Simon:''' (''to assistant'') Make a note of that word and give it to Susan.
** Funnily enough, the expression "grotty" was actually invented by the film's screenwriter Alun Owen. It ended up catching on in real life after the film was released.


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* WhatsAHenway:
-->'''Norm''': "Ringo, what are you up to?"\\
'''Ringo''': (peering from magazine) "Page five."\\
...\\
'''Reporter''': How did you find America?\\
'''John''': Turned left at Greenland.
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: In the dressing-room scene, the Fab Four are quipping up a storm. Not to be outdone, their assistant Shake says this to a blank-faced mannequin, which being inanimate doesn't respond. Tumbleweed ensues.
* YouAreTheNewTrend: Played with George takes a wrong turn in a tv studio and finds himself at the office of a "with it" producer who doesn't recognize him and takes him for another poser with a phony accent. He tries to get George to appear in an advertisement for trendy clothes, warning him that he'll be an unhip pariah if he doesn't play the game.


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* YouKnowWhatTheySayAboutX: Paul's grandfather does this more than once. Once, he tries doing this to Ringo ''about Ringo'': "They'll pick on a nose, you know." But similar insinuations about fellow Beatles and cops later prove effective.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: A woman bumps into John and changes her mind several times about how much he does or doesn't look like "him" (never mentioning his name). Shortly afterwards, it happens to George, as he's brought before a fashion designer who says that "The phonies are easier to handle.".
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