Exclusive screening marks film’s 50th anniversary
Combine Marx Brothers’ energy, BBC Goon Show wit, James Bond action and some of the best music the Beatles ever wrote, and what do you get?
Help! – John, Paul, George and Ringo’s second feature film.
Fifty years ago, on August 25, 1965, the movie debuted in Canada. While it didn’t garner the critical acclaim of its predecessor, A Hard Day’s Night, also directed by Richard Lester, the box office delivered its stamp of approval and the soundtrack album marked important new directions for the Lads from Liverpool.
The Revue Cinema is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Help! on Wednesday, August 26, with an exclusive screening made possible by Subafilms and Bruce A. Karsh, with the invaluable assistance of London-based Apple Corp.
Introducing the film are Piers Hemmingsen, Fab Four fan and expert, author of a soon-to-be-published book on the Beatles in Canada; and film and music critic Kevin Courrier, whose book on the Beatles delves into the darker side of their music.
Help! and its soundtrack album marked important turning points, says Piers, including the discovery by George of a sitar during filming in an Indian restaurant. He learned to play the instrument on set, and thus began his profound interest in Indian music and its influence on the Beatles.
The boundary-pushing soundtrack album is also a personal favorite of Piers, with its introspective lyrics, Dylanesque flavour, classical music references and an innovative approach that characterized all subsequent albums.
Kevin will bring the film critic’s perspective to the screening, highlighting how the script, Lester’s expertise and the Beatles’ own experiences shaped the final outcome.
Help!, with its screwball pace and cult craziness, is also just plain fun. Did you ever imagine what kind of digs John, Paul, George and Ringo might have inhabited? You’ll see their fantasy homes.
This screening will be licensed, so in addition to the unforgettable music, you can enjoy a drink.
Doors open at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 26, with the film and presentations 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members; $13 for non-members. Last summer the Revue's first "'Beatles at 50" event sold out, make sure you get a seat.
Buy tickets in advance online with the following eventbrite link.