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A Hard Day'S Night

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A Hard DayЎЇs Night-Analysis

Chris Liu


Start: Just before the rehearsal of Ў®And I Love HerЎЇ, right after the scene where the Grandfather wanders into the lower backstage and appeared on the stage by riding the elevator of the trap door, disrupting the rehearsal of an opera. The five-minute clip I chose starts with Norm and Shake sitting in the hotel room waiting for the Beatles to return.

End: When the Beatles finish Ў®And I Love HerЎЇ and the T.V. director says, Ў°Thank you, very niceЎ­Ў±

A Hard DayЎЇs Night is a mockumentary about a day in the lives of the four renowned Beatles. The intention of this film was to bring the idolized Beatles closer to the hearts of their fans and also to advertise for the band, as it was made to attract new audiences while maintaining their existing audiences at the time. The film was very successfully made, and the five minutes I chose in this film greatly demonstrates this fact.

One of the more noticeable themes presented in Ў®A Hard DayЎЇs NightЎЇ is its laughs at the conflict between Ў®the young and rebelliousЎЇ and Ў®the old authority figuresЎЇ. My five-minute movie clip begins with the manager Norm and assistant Shake worrying about the missing mischievous Beatles. In this scene, the manager is the authority figure and he is an iconic sign that can be related to extra meanings such as: the past, stubbornness and the maturity of elders. The Beatles on the contrary, with their fast thinking and swift action are an iconic sign associated with: the future, energy and liveliness. Therefore, a large part of this filmЎЇs comedic content is based on the clash of cultures between the young and the old.

During the rehearsal of Ў®And I Love HerЎЇ, the Mise-en-Scene that Director Richard Lester uses is very interesting. During the song, the Beatles are dressed-up in dark-colored suits and the background consists of bright-white hexagons that in a black and white film, creates great contrast of color against the band members. The characters are positioned according to their roles in the song: Paul stands on a platform right in the center of the group, as he is the main soloist for the song; George is positioned right beside Paul but lower in height because he does the main guitar solo; John is sitting in the back strumming on his guitar and Ringo, as always, sits farthest back with his percussion set. As the song begins, the movie enters the mood of a music video; all the diegesis sounds are muted except for the music. However, remembering the fact that the film is still a mockumentary, the director fiddles around with the shots so the audience is constantly reminded of that they are watching a mockumentary instead of a music video as he switches back and forth between the audienceЎЇs view and the directorЎЇs view. The audienceЎЇs view shots are the perfect-looking, clean shots we usually see on T.V; the directorЎЇs view shots are shots that disclose the lightings, monitor screens and other cameras within the shots; these shots are what the director is supposed to see, not the audience.

The editing for this scene is fairly unique. Ў®And I love herЎЇ is a slow song with a sophisticated beat, thus the editing does not follow the format of MTV edits because they will not fit the rhythm of this song. A few fade-out techniques are used between some frames and the editor allowed plenty of time between each cut, so the whole scene does not demand too much of the viewerЎЇs attention and will not be too busy for the audienceЎЇs eyes.

The scene which I chose incorporated a variety of techniques involving editing, shot types, mise-en-scenes and especially signs and codes. This film is definitely one of the major turning points in the history of musical movies.

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