The Beatles - Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (12a)

Director Ron Howard. Documentary/Music

In 1962 four young men - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - came together to form the 20th century musical phenomenon known as 'The Beatles'. The band stormed Europe in 1963 and, in 1964, they conquered America. Their groundbreaking world tours changed global youth culture forever and, arguably, invented mass entertainment as we know it today. All the while, the group were composing and recording a series of extraordinarily successful singles and albums. However, the relentless pressure of such unprecedented fame (which in 1966 became uncontrollable turmoil) led to the decision to stop touring. In the ensuing years The Beatles were then free to focus on a series of albums that changed the face of recorded music. Master storyteller and Oscar winner, Ron Howard, explores this incredible journey in his own unique way: How did The Beatles do this? How did they cope with all the fame and pressure? How did they not only survive, but go on to revolutionise popular music? With original interviews, footage, staggering live performances, and the intimate study of character that Ron Howard is known for, he puts us right inside this extraordinary adventure, answering the question everyone always wants to know: What was it like to be there?

Starring Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon

Flicks Advisor (comments from our film promoters)

Brilliant! Great for Beatles fans or others! Fascinating footage, gigs and social/international history elements. Subtitles might be needed as some dialogue muffled.

Greatly enlyed by the audience, most of whom were of the age to have been there! It was a very good summing-up of the development and sheer genius of the group.

Well worth a showing for great music and seeing how it all fitted into the political climate at the time.

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