Film - Feature | July 11 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Though the motive behind A Hard Days Night was simply to generate new records, it turned out to be an extraordinarily original amalgamation of virtually all previous forms of rock n roll film. The combination of the Beatles music, Lesters use of techniques associated with cinéma vérité and the French New Wave in a hybrid documentary/fictional form, and the photographer and editors audiovisual compositions made it enormously influential. The successful synergy between film and soundtrack album marked a major advance in the integration of the cinematic and musical components of the culture industries.
Followed by: "Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965"
The first of several projects the Rolling Stones undertook with director Peter Whitehead, Charlie Is My Darling is a backstage musical that follows the band on a short Irish tour. . . . Whitehead creates mosaics of casually spontaneous observations of unguarded [offstage] moments. But the films desultory progress among fans and musicians is galvanized in their performances, where the boys and a couple of girls invade the stage before the security manages to rescue the musicians (David E. James). In 2012 additional footage from the Stones Irish tour was discovered, which director Mick Gochanour and producer Robin Klein used to create this expanded, sync sound version.