The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

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Director: Ron Howard
Cast: doc.

Synopsis

The story of the band's career from their beginnings on the road to their final public performance from the roof of the Apple studios.

The Review

Much more than a selection of finely sourced and edited archive footage, Howard's self-effacing film focuses on the essential solidarity of the group, and their prioritising of the process of growing musically over qualitatively counter-productive, albeit lucrative, tour engagements. What come across are the refreshing facts of the band's embracing of the fan culture rather than contempt for it, at the same time as their refusal to cow-tow to the media machine. Interview footage with all four Beatles, as well as with figures from the arts whose lives were affected by them, enrich the documentary narrative.