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Had Sang a Dry Hit

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on July 17, 2014 by dcairns

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This is what the Shadowplayhouse looks like today. obviously, your own home should look identical — to achieve the desired effect, follow the link below and order AT LEAST FOUR copies of the Criterion Collection’s dual-format edition of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT.

It’s been an epic journey to get to this point, beginning with the end of production on NATAN and me asking myself the question “Now that I am a documentarist, what would I like to do next?” and answering the question with “Something to do with Richard Lester.” And then contacting the Great Man via a series of intermediaries. And finding he wasn’t at all sure he wanted to talk to anyone about his work, and that he doubted there would be anyone interested in hearing it.

“I have a share of the book I did with Soderbergh. And at the same time a truck is pulling up outside Paul McCartney’s house with his royalties, I get my share from the book. And it has never been more than five pounds.”

And emailing Criterion to ask if they might be interested in something on Lester, and meeting producer Kim Hendrickson in Telluride where she said that Yes, as a matter of fact, something was in the offing. My mind doesn’t think in terms of anniversaries so I hadn’t noticed there was a fifty-year one coming up.

Lester, when I told him I now had a producer and a budget and an outlet: “Congratulations, you’ve picked someone’s pocket.”

Once again, here’s the sequel to the piece I made for the disc.

And here’s where you go to buy the thing itself: A Hard Day’s Night (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)

I admit it: Soderbergh’s Lester interview is better than mine: Getting Away With It: Or – Further Adventures of the Luckiest Bastard You Ever Saw

Picturewise

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on June 24, 2014 by dcairns

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From left to right: Paul McCartney, Walter Shenson (producer) and Richard Lester (director).

It’s about time I told you more about PICTUREWISE, my video essay / mini-documentary for the Criterion Blu-ray of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, but instead I’ll let this rather gratifying review do it. Here.

Oh, I don’t know if the review mentions it, but the voice-over in the piece was done by Rita Tushingham, which was a thrill for me.

A Hard Day’s Night (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)

A Hard Day’s Thing

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , on March 18, 2014 by dcairns

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This. I have some involvement, I am delighted to report. I can say no more.

Pre-order: A Hard Day’s Night [Blu-ray]

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