Director: Richard Lester
Cast: The Beatles, Wilfrid Brambell, Norman Rossington, Victor Spinetti
The Fab Four hit London for a TV spot and, in between rehearsals, lark about and elude their nervous manager's attempts to corral them in the theatre, as well as the attentions of their adoring fans and the devious machinations of Paul's Irish grandfather.
Both an invaluable document of the group's early days, the relative innocence reflected in the low age demographic of their fans, and a gently free-wheeling satire of everything from showbiz types to figures of authority. Lester's camera hits just the right balance between staged setups and handheld incoherence, while the editing allows for the requisite spontaneity, and the songs are allowed to speak for themselves. Still the best film about pop musicians.