THE BOYS IN THE BAND
The Beatles run from a stampede of girls in the opening sequence of “A Hard Day’s Night.” The boy band tries to elude them by hiding inside telephone booths, behind newspapers, and facial hair. It’s a silly scene and it rightly sets the jovial spirit of the film. It’s a welcome attitude compared to today’s grandstanding singers. There is no whiff of self-importance. There is neither cliche proclamation of “living the dream” nor display of bling-blinding indulgence. If one forgets that the Beatles are a cultural phenomena, the film simply shows four mischievous boys, running around as they perform one song after another.