Their co-star Eleanor Born recalled:. John did once offer me a joint. And I obligingly tried to take a little puff. I knew there was some special way of doing it — but I don't smoke anyway. So I took a little puff and then thought, "This is so expensive.
I mustn't waste it! We showed up a bit stoned, smiled a lot and hoped we'd get through it. We giggled a lot. It was after lunch, which was fatal because someone might have brought out a glass of wine as well.
We were all a bit merry and all had our backs to the camera and the giggles set in. All we had to do was turn around and look amazed, or something. But every time we'd turn round to the camera there were tears streaming down our faces. It's OK to get the giggles anywhere else but in films, because the technicians get pissed off with you.
They think, "They're not very professional. The photographer Michael Peto was commissioned in to take still photographs during the making of the film; these became known for their candid and expressive quality. During the digitisation of the Michael Peto Collection, which is held by Archive Services, University of Dundee , in , previously unpublished photographs of the Beatles taken during the making of Help! An exhibition of the photographs to mark the book's launch was held at Hoopers Gallery, Clerkenwell, in January The seven main songs formed the first side of the British release of the Help!
The second side consisted of other new Beatles songs recorded at the same time or shortly afterwards. The US album, released by Capitol Records, includes the seven film tracks along with instrumental soundtrack songs orchestrated by Ken Thorne.
In addition, the US Help! Early pressings of the US version of the album — include this hidden track banded as "Help! Critical opinion at the time of release was generally positive, [ citation needed ] but many critics feel that this big budget effort was not as strong as A Hard Day's Night.
The Daily Express ' s reviewer found Lester's direction "a joy to watch" and called the Beatles "the closest thing to the Marx Brothers since the Marx Brothers". By contrast, the Daily Mirror , Britain's best-selling newspaper at the time, said Help! It's a fiasco of farcical whimseys that are thrown together in this film — a clutter of mechanical gimmicks and madcap chases Well, there's nothing in "Help! The boys themselves are exuberant and uninhibited in their own genial way.
They just become awfully redundant and — dare I say it? Leslie Halliwell describes the film as follows:. Exhausting attempt to outdo A Hard Day's Night in lunatic frenzy, which goes to show that some talents work best on low budgets. Magoo and the shade of Monty Python to come. It looks good but becomes too tiresome to entertain. Although Lester's depiction of Indian culture was largely negative and stereotypical, the film's focus on Kali and other Hindu themes anticipated the counterculture 's fascination with Indian philosophy and music.
Ronnie D. Lankford of AllMovie describes Help! Lester seemed to find the right tone for Help! His style would later be co-opted by Bob Rafelson for the Monkees ' television series in the '60s and has continued to influence rock musicals like Spice World in A novelisation entitled The Beatles in Help!
A sequence featuring Frankie Howerd and Wendy Richard was filmed but left out of final editing owing to its length. However, the sequence was left in the film novelisation. In January , rights to the film reverted from UA to producer Walter Shenson, and the film was withdrawn from circulation. The first pressings had no UPC on the gatefold covers while the other two had the UPC either as a sticker or printed directly on the jacket.
The film's transfer on the CAV laserdiscs was done correctly so that no blending of frames occurs and thus movements are not blurry. The supplemental section, which, with few exceptions, has never been available on any other home video release, contains the following:.
Release Date August 6, Recording Date February 15, - June 17, Track Listing. The Beatles. The Night Before. I Need You. George Harrison. Another Girl. You're Going to Lose That Girl. Ticket to Ride. It's a gag, and not an original one, but born of truth: the fashion watcher's assumption was that things ran on a two to three year cycle. As began, the Beatles obviously weren't going away, but being pop's aristocracy didn't necessarily make you pop's leading edge.
The kids were coming up from behind. The Animals could claim a no. So did London's Kinks, and if the Who didn't it was only because their routines were too extreme. And so, two years and four albums into their career, the Beatles at last had rivals. Serious ones, who'd rampaged through the door the Beatles opened and blithely ignored the showbiz conventions the Beatles were contractually tied to.
While the Rolling Stones recorded "Satisfaction", the Beatles were being trotted around the world shooting the ambitious, ridiculous Help! Apple Records , Parlophone , Parlophone. Odeon 2 , EMI 2. Parlophone 2. Parlophone 2 , Fabulous Sound Lab. Odeon 2. SomeWax Recordings.
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