The First US Visit
The Beatles First US Visit chronicles the remarkable two weeks in February 1964 that began America's still-enduring love affair with the group.
The film of the frantic fortnight records the hysterical reaction to The Beatles US debut in a documentary that was the real-life inspiration for the Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night.
Closely shot at the shoulders of John, Paul, George and Ringo by the pioneering Maysles Brothers, The First US Visit innovated intimate film-making that set a benchmark for rock and roll cinematography.
Albert and David Maysles were granted all-areas access the like of which is now unknown, filming The Beatles in the eye of their own hurricane as the band besotted America and lifted the nation from its gloom in the wake of President John Kennedy's assassination.
The Maysles film captures the manic moments from when thousands of fans greeted The Beatles as Pan Am Flt.101 touched down in New York on February 7th and sparked a two-week frenzy.
As The Beatles became the first British act to conquer America - with I Want To Hold Your Hand at No.1 in the US charts - the Maysles Brothers shadowed the band off-guard and off-duty in dressing rooms, hotels and night clubs, at photo-sessions and press conferences, travelling together in limos and on trains as the then-wide-eyed lads from Liverpool sped from New York to Washington and Miami revelling in the wild reception to their first US trip.
The film also features their first concert at The Washington Coliseum and their three historic performances on The Ed Sullivan Show - including the seminal night of February 9th when the band first exploded into the homes of a then-world record 73 million TV viewers.
Beatles performances on the film include All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, From Me To You, This Boy, Twist And Shout, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, I Wanna Be Your Man and the hit that began it all for America, I Want To Hold Your Hand.
manemoonlight on 28th Jul 12:
“siempre serán los mejores!!!”
Apj26 on 25th Feb 12:
katediane on 23rd Feb 12:
“i wish i could meet the beatles!”
LikeASir on 15th Feb 12:
“Watching it right now. The fans are biting each other for a disc that's crazy.”
TheBeatlesRcoming! on 16th Nov 11:
“J'aime Les Beatles!!”
thebeatlesbifan on 31st Oct 11:
“in youtube i have heard today 8 albums im dizzy but it is awesome to hear them but is better the CD´s”
Saammy'lennon on 22nd Oct 11:
“all my loving♥♥”
katediane on 11th Jul 11:
“man i would like to be in that picture with them i would freak out”
beatles#1fan on 10th Jun 11:
“I watched this for like the millionth time today! FANTASTIC!!!!”
harrison lennon fernanda on 29th Apr 11:
“que facinante los amo alos cuatro los adoro mas en la pelicula son fantasticos teamo mucho george !!!!!”
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- Ed Sullivan with Paul's Hofner bass, during rehearsals for the Ed Sullivan Show
- Paul takes a break during rehearsals for the Ed Sullivan Show
- Rehearsals for their debut appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show
- Boarding the plane for their first trip to the USA
- Press and fans greet The Beatles as they arrive by train in Washington