The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
October 21 - 30, 2016
SIFF Film Center | Fri–Sun only!
Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard explores the extraordinary phenomenon know as "The Beatles,” starting from their days performing at Liverpool's The Cavern Club to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. This special theatrical version of the film features an exclusive, fully remastered 30 minute concert of the The Beatles' performance at Shea Stadium in 1965!
From June of 1962 to the time the band quit touring in August of 1966, The Beatles performed 815 times in 15 different countries and 90 cities around the world. The cultural phenomenon that their touring helped create, known as “Beatlemania,” was something the world had never seen before and, arguably, hasn’t since.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years recreates the experience through the eyes of the band members themselves. Along the way, the film delves into the inner workings of the group – how they made decisions, created their music, and built a collective career together -- as well as the effect those years had on their personal and musical evolution.
Drawing from more than 100 hours of rare and unseen footage collected from fans, news outlets and national archives, as well as the Beatles’ private collection, the film crafts a cinematic experience unlike any Beatles film that has come before, and unlike any other documentary. Also included are rarely seen performances, all elegantly re-cut and re-mastered in high-definition and 5.1 surround sound – making the experience the closest thing today's audience can get to experiencing the band play live.
- Director: Ron Howard
- Country: USA, United Kingdom
- Year: 2016
- Running Time: 129 Minutes (99 min + 30 min concert footage)