THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN
1969, Paramount, 93 min, UK, Dir: Joseph McGrath

Eccentric millionaire Guy Grand (Peter Sellers) knows that most folks will do anything for money and sets out to prove it with the help of his adopted hobo son, Ringo Starr, in this riotously funny satire, scripted by Terry Southern and director McGrath from Southern’s novel. Anarchy reigns with hilarious cameos along the way by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Christopher Lee, Roman Polanski and Raquel Welch. (Beatle Paul penned the theme song, "Come and Get It.")


A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
1964, Janus Films, 85 min, UK, Dir: Richard Lester

Director Richard Lester's brilliant, carefree comedy set the tone for the rest of the 1960s and captured The Beatles at their best, clowning (as one respected reviewer said) like the new Marx Bros. From Lester's restless, handheld camerawork to writer Alun Owen's surreal, day-in-the-life script and George Martin's sprightly score (both Oscar-nominated) to the Beatles themselves - exuberantly singing “Can't Buy Me Love,” “She Loves You” and 10 other Beatles classics - this is the essence of the ’60s.


YELLOW SUBMARINE
1968, Abramorama, 85 min, UK, Dir: George Dunning

Once upon a time, or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army, led by a menacing Flying Glove, to destroy all that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humor, songs and their yellow submarine, The Beatles tackle the rough seas in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom. Includes the songs "All You Need Is Love," "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and the title track.


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