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Beginner’s Guide to Beatles Films
15 March 2019
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50yearslate said
The thing about Help is that it is pure entertainment. You don't watch it to marvel at the cinematography 

  

I do! 

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Von Bontee said

50yearslate said

The thing about Help is that it is pure entertainment. You don't watch it to marvel at the cinematography 

  

I do! 

  

I'm not saying the cinamatography is bad, I'm just saying that the cinematography is not why I watch it. 

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Yeah, I get you...I'm just keeping the conversation lively.heart You're right, there'd much less reason to watch it if it had instead been a vehicle for Herman's Hermits or whatever.

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@Ron Nasty gives a very good guide, I would go with what he says. 

Here's my take/ brief description of each of them:

A Hard Day's Night - This is probably the best one to start with, and it's one of my favourite films overall anyway. It stars the band as themselves, and serves as a pretty fascinating and accurate narration of their life in the midst of the Beatlemania they were experiencing at the time. It's also got a very... clean script (you'll get that one later a-hard-days-night-john-6) and is overall just a very witty and entertaining film. 

Help ! - While the plot of this one hasn't aged terribly well, and you can tell just how stoned they are in a lot of the scenes, it's still very entertaining, and of course the songs are great. More of an adventure fantasy story than AHDN . Some of the scenes, particularly You've Got To Hide Your Love Away , are brilliant. 

Magical Mystery Tour - A weird, highly experimental film with weird, highly experimental songs to go with it. It can be confusing and frustrating since it doesn't really have a plot at all, but it's a cool concept and is fun enough to pull it off anyways. 

Yellow Submarine - The Beatles themselves don't actually appear beyond a brief bit at the end, but this is a really awesome animated film that has aged really well and is tremendously entertaining. Arguably the best of the bunch. 

Let It Be - I'd say the editing style of this film is a bit awkward, as are the relationships between the band members at this point in their career, but it's all worth it for the amazing rooftop concert scene at the end. 

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It's all well and good saying 'Help !" was formulaic and not as inventive as 'AHDN ', and it's not, and yes the Beatles were stoned, the acting is poor (is it really much better in 'AHDN '?), and it was a case of pick a country so they could do happy tax stuff in ways I cannot remember, but it was always going to be difficult to follow 'AHDN '. At least they did something different and didn't just lazily recycle the first film, and there are some brilliant moments. 'Help !' is far better than any Cliff film or the other films put out by musical acts and artists from the same era. I've seen a good few Elvis films and compared to those 'Help ' is a masterpiece.

Paul points to 'IATW' to justify 'MMT' existing; I point to the below clip to justify 'Help !' - the greatest scene in any Beatles movie and I still have no idea what the hell is going on decades after I first watched the film.

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16 March 2019
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meanmistermustard said 

Paul points to 'IATW' to justify 'MMT' existing; I point to the below clip to justify 'Help !' - the greatest scene in any Beatles movie ever in the history of cinema and I still have no idea what the hell is going on decades after I first watched the film.

  

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Where to start?

Go from the beginning and work your way thru. By the time you've watched 'MMT', recovered from watching mostly utter shit and finally put 'Yellow Submarine ' on, 'Let It Be ' will be out on DVD.

All this dressing 'MMT' up as some decent film due to it being influential in places is just ignoring that most of it is total crap. Cut out the awful bits and you'd have about 7 minutes left, and four and bit of those are 'IATW'. Watching John and George perv over some stripper is enough to never want to watch the film all the way thru.

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You should watch them in the order that they were released. 

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