THE BEATLES: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT AND HELP ANALYSIS

For this paper, the student was required to write an analysis of the Beatles’ films ‘A Hard Days’s Night’ and ‘Help.’ The paper compares and contrasts the associated influences impacting the two films/ albums and addresses the music and visual art of the band between 1964 and 1965. The film ‘A Hard Days’s Night’ portrays the band’s typical day and embraces many of their celebrated songs. The comedy film was released in the year 1964 following the release of their studio album released on 10th July of the same year. Therefore, the film is greatly influenced and mainly based on the band’s album ‘A Hard Days’s Night’. The album ‘A Hard Days’s Night’ being the band’s third album, it showcases the Beatles’ development in their songwriting talents. The album and the film were significantly impacted by local and international cultural influences as a result of the opening up of the US market. According to music critic Richie Unterberger, George Harrison’s resounding 12-string electric guitar leads influenced the Beatles’ third album and other rock and roll bands to great extent. The beatle’s success had also began to open the US market for other bands such as the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Animals, which inspired other American groups such as Lovin’ Spoonful, and Beau Brummels (Badman & Miles, 2001).

Directed by Richard Lester, the same director who directed the 1964 Beatles’ film ‘A Hard Days’s Night,’ the Beatles film ‘Help’ was released in the year 1965. The theme of the film is mainly based on the bands’ song titled ‘Help.’ The song also served as the title song for the film and soundtrack of  the bands’ 5th album.

A comparison of the two films stirred by the Beatles shows that the movies are comedy films revolving araound the bands’ musical songs. However, the film  A Hard Days’s Night focuses more on the Beatles’ daily life than the film Help. The reason for this is that the 1964 film’s storyline  portrays the band’s typical day while the 1965 film gives a fiction storyline where Ringo, one of the band members is a human sacrifice targeted by a cult and the band must try to ptotect him from the cult. The main associated influences that impacted the creation of the two films are the themes of the two soundtracks from the two albums. The soundtrack A Hard Days’s Night brings out the theme of the struggles and hard work the songwriter goes through and deserves a rest for the hard day’s work. The film A Hard Days’s Night also brings out the struggles and the day-to-day huddles the band has to jump in order to orgernize and put a show for their funs and connect with them.

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The soundtrack Help bring out a theme of helplessness or a cry for help from someone who is in a difficult situation. Similarly, the film based on this soundtrack portrays a theme of a cry for help where Ringo is being targeted by the cult to be their human sacrifice. The rest of the band members stand in as the his protectors from the cult. The film is viewed as being significant in the subsequent development of their music videos and other bands’ music videos (Neil, 2009).

References

Badman, K., & Miles, B. (2001). The Beatles Diary: The Beatles Years. New York: Omnibus      Press.

Neil, M.(2009). The Beatles: Help!, review. The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 23 October             2011.

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