Sat., April 20th, 7:30 p.m.
Town & Gown Movie Night
Directed by Richard Lester • Screenplay by Alun Owun • 87 min. • UK • 1964 • Not Rated
Curator/Presenter: Gordon Thompson, Skidmore College, Department of Music
Released at the giddy height of Beatlemania, this black-and-white comedy tracks a few touring days in the lives of the world’s most beloved group. Time ranked this cinema verité music film (a breakaway critical and financial success) among the hundred best of all time, inspiring spy films, the Monkees’ smash TV show, and numerous pop music videos. The story tries to make the point that the Fab Four were prisoners of their own fame, but don’t believe it—they’re having way too much fun.
The Town & Gown Series brings Skidmore educators whose work has been profoundly shaped by film to the Film Forum to discuss a movie of their choice. A guiding light behind Skidmore’s hugely popular annual Beatlemore Skidmania, and the author of Please Please Me: Sixties British Pop, Inside Out(Oxford, 2008), Professor Gordon Thompson has lectured widely on the Beatles and the American roots of the British Pop Invasion. His presentation, “A Hard Day’s Night: The Film You’ve Known For all These Years,” will precede this screening; a further discussion of the film to follow.
At 10:15 pm, the Skidmore’s funk-jazz experience band Good Neighbor will perform Beatles songs and more. Don’t miss this great night at the Film Forum!
This program received funding from the Skidmore College Office of Community Relations, and from Saratoga Program for Arts Funding, administered by Saratoga Arts, and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature.
View the trailer for A Hard Day’s Night: