Paul McCartney: Eyes of the Storm Film Series

Although often conceived as a period of social conformity, the late 1950s/early 1960s was an era when the idea of a counter-culture hero or anti-hero had special resonance. Through four films, we see ideals of rebellion and social inquiry that would become prevalent in youth culture in the early 1960s and remind us today of the attitudes that were the backdrop for the emergence of Rock music and the phenomenal success of The Beatles. Join us for films that feature rebellious protagonists and celebrate the spirit of independence along with youthful prowess.

This film series is offered in collaboration with Naro Expanded Cinema and the Chrysler Museum of Art, which is exhibiting the McCartney photo collection through April 7, 2024. Each film will be introduced by a Chrysler Museum curator offering diverse perspectives on connections between the films and what is captured in Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm.

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Wednesday, February 21st at 7pm!
McCartney: Eyes of the Storm Film Series *FINALE*

Adapted from Alan Sillitoe’s 1959 short story of the same name, the 1962 British coming-of-age film The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner details the story of a rebellious young man sent to a youth detention center for robbing a bakery. The young man, Colin, quickly gains attention from the Governor of the institution due to his remarkable efforts as a long-distance runner. Realizing the transparent difference in treatment between himself and the other inmates, Colin begins to rebel against the Governor’s affections in an effort to reveal hidden injustices within the detention center. This film divulges the dynamics between Britain’s elitist upper-class society and the working class, offering a story that resonates with youth rebellion. (1962, 1h 43m)

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Rock Around the Clock

Wednesday, February 14th at 7pm!
McCartney: Eyes of the Storm Film Series

Rock Around the Clock is a musical film that unravels a fictionalized version of the discovery of rock and roll music. After driving through a remote farming town, band manager Steve Hollis discovers the local band and dancing group Bill Haley and His Comets at a teenage dance. Inspired by their new sound and outlandish dancing, Hollis commits to managing the band to help spread rock and roll across America. Highly controversial when first released, this film brings social dynamics, such as integration, to the fore. Despite the core group of White actors presented, the film shows White, Black, and Hispanic musicians all performing in the same venues, a rebellious act during the time of its release in 1956. (1h 17m)

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Blackboard Jungle

Wednesday, February 7th at 7pm!!
Eyes of the Storm Film Series

In a film that shook the nerves of critics and movie-goers alike, we see director Richard Brooks explore a variety of social tensions in this melodrama about an idealistic teacher (Glenn Ford) determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty alike, in an impoverished inner-city school. Also starring Vic Morrow, Anne Frances and a number of other notable actors including a young Sidney Poitier in what is considered his break-out role, as a troubled high school student. (1955, 1h 41m)

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The Wild One

Wednesday, January 31st! McCartney: Eyes of the Storm Film Series

Often considered the original outlaw biker film, The Wild One stars Marlon Brando, the leader of The Black Rebels Motorcycle Club, who roars into a small town much to the dismay of the townsfolk and rival gang, The Beetles, led by Chico (Lee Marvin). Although it remains unconfirmed, The Beatles’ band name may have been influenced by the film. Marlon Brando’s rebellious style in the film with his long sideburns, motorcycle jacket, and cool demeanor, helped shape youth culture at the time. Released in America in 1953, the film was banned in the UK for fourteen years. (1953,1h 19m)

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A Hard Day’s Night

Wednesday, January 24th at 7pm & Saturday, January 27th at 1pm!

For the generations that cannot quite fathom or understand the phenomena of Beatlemania and the images captured in Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm, A Hard Day’s Night offers context and confluence. In this musical comedy, The Beatles travel from Liverpool to London to perform various concerts. However, things take a dramatic turn as they realize that their drummer, Ringo, has gone missing. Given expansive access, writer Alun Owen and director Dick Lester bunked with the band in February of 1964 to observe Beatlemania (in Paris) first-hand just after their return from conquering America. (G, 1964, 1h 27m)

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