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The sound quality at Shea Stadium was famously feeble; Elvis Costello likens it to “a thousand transistor radios,” but Howard’s film manages to pump it up.
Costello is one of a random gaggle of celebrities who have been mustered for the occasion, some for the sake of a single observation; do we really need Eddie Izzard to tell us how funny the Beatles were, when the movie teems with their larks?
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Maybe they should just stand there, numbly hold out a credit card, and say, “Help! To be exact, in the ABC in Manchester, England, on November 20, 1963, and the Beatles onstage, smacking into “She Loves You” without ado.
One reason that they need no introduction, as Howard realizes, is their habit of dispensing with introductions to their songs; “She Loves You” gets a short clobber of drums, as if Ringo were tumbling downstairs in clogs, before the rest of the gang proclaims the opening chorus. That heavenly haste is yet more acute in “All My Loving,” which is what the Beatles kicked off with on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” in February, 1964.
The backbeat of the new movie is driven by an insistence that the Beatles, contrary to popular lore (and to the bragging of Rolling Stones fans), found their greatness as a live band.
The Beatles now belong to an honored past, stuck there like an obelisk, and yet here they are, alive—busting out all over, time and time again. After a long gestation, the arrival of “Bridget Jones’s Baby” will inspire yodels of delight, amid followers of the franchise, and a dark dread in the rest of us.
Nature takes its course, but the math is ambiguous: who is the father of Bridget’s child?
Nobody, at this juncture, seems more stricken than Firth.
So, what does Howard possess that earlier chroniclers don’t? One woman had shot the concert at Candlestick Park—the band’s last stadium performance, in November, 1966—on Super 8 and kept it stashed away ever since.
On top of such rare finds, Giles Martin, the son of Sir George Martin, was tasked with digitally buffing and restoring material that was known about but deemed too messy for consumption.
Nobody could quarrel with the mastery of what ensued, beginning with “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which took fifty-five hours to record.