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Friday, March 5, 2010

HELP! (1965)

The Beatles are just as winning in their sophomore effort as they were in A HARD DAY’S NIGHT the year before. Things Forgotten: Ringo was so much shorter than his band mates. George threw ‘like a girl.’ John still evinced a sunny disposition. Paul barely retains his modesty with the help of a Wrigley’s Gum wrapper. And the songs; except for the title track, they’re all about dating! David Watkin’s color cinematography & those proto-music videos looking lively & fresh in this superb restoration. What a cool chord progression in "You’re Going to Lose that Girl.’ Things Remembered: Richard Lester’s directorial fun & games and the clever ‘mockumentary’ format that gracefully covered up a lot of slapdash in the first film have been feebly replaced with an indigestible jumble of James Bond, GUNGA DIN and THE PINK PANTHER. It hangs like an albatross over the good stuff. If only they had taken the plunge and continued developing the story with scabrous playwright Joe Orton. Oh well, enjoy what’s here and bugger the rest of it. Wait, that’s what got Joe Orton kicked off the project.

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