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Review of The Beatles 1965 film HELP! (linked) in the 60s Retrospective Series. This one’s even more comprehensive than my review of A Hard Day’s Night. Director Richard Lester has said that his obituary will begin ‘Beatles director …‘  On the basis of this he has been called ‘the father of MTV video’ and it was the innovative and exciting area of the film. The trouble is the basic storyline is dire.

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The 60s Retrospectives. I’ve been avoiding A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, (Linked) simply because it has had so much written about it, but it is unavoidable as probably the key “Swinging Sixties London” movie. A lot on the film, The Beatles, the album …  definitely a pleasure to rewatch.

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The 60s retrospective series gets to THE FAMILY WAY (linked). Premiered just before Christmas 1966, but really a 1967 film. It’s most famous for the Paul McCartney soundtrack, but that’s unfair. It’s a family comedy drama, amusing rather than knockabout, with excellent character work. It stars Hayley Mills, John Mills, Hywel Bennett, Marjorie Rhodes, Avril Angers, Murray Head and John Comber. Well worth rewatching.

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Review of Ron Howard’s film Eight Days A Week (linked), a superb documentary on The Beatles touring years, with an additional 30 minute film of Shea Stadium 15th August 1965. Lots of thoughts on my own early fascination with The Beatles.

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