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Beatlemania to hit Avalon on July 6 with 'A Hard Day's Night' A Hard Day's Night Screening to feature Pattie Boyd interview COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM Catalina Island will be hit by a wave of Beatlemania on July 6, when the Beatle's hit movie A Hard Day's Night will be shown in the Avalon Casino. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the mov- ie's London premiere, the Catalina Island Museum has arranged for a special appearance by Pattie Boyd, who had a role in the film and later married the Fab Four's George Harrison. Boyd has agreed to a rare interview and book sign- ing following the movie. In February of 1964, the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show to one of the largest television audiences in American history. A pop phenomenon was launched, and the Beatles soon initiated a cultural revolution that within a year touched nearly every area of American life. Having reached international stardom so suddenly, the curiosity surrounding the lives and person- alities of the four mop tops was intense in 1964. Who were these four lads from the obscure port city of Liverpool? Millions of fans all over the world were hysterical to find out. In a move that would be imi- tated countless times (but never to greater effect), the Beatles agreed to film a script that was both insightful and funny. They had hired Alun Owen, a young play- wright who had shown a remark- able talent for writing dialogue that contained all the witticisms and mannerisms of the Beatles' rmtive Liverpool. To write a movie that was absolutely authentic, Owen spent several days with the boys, observing the way each reacted Pattie Boyd to stardom, their interaction with one another and the press, and, most especially, their often sarcas- tic humor that seemed to deflate every pompous authority figure in sight. They came off as both like- able and immensely talented. Paul McCartney later remem- bered, "Alun hung around with us and was careful to try and put words in our mouths that he might've heard us speak, so I thought he did a very good script." The pretense of the movie's narrative was simple: the camera would record a day in the life of the Beatles. But Owen probed deeply into the individual person- ality of each member of the group. Heleveloped a penetrating and, as it would turn out, fairly accurate portrayal of each of the Beatles. John Lennon is the clear leader of the group, and he possesses a quick and often acerbic wit. Paul is both charming and eager to please; while George Harrison is darkly handsome and contempla- tive. Ringo, the newest member, is the friendliest of the lot, and always ready for a good time. Filmed in a cinema verit6 style, the realism of the movie persuad- ed fans that they had become part of the Beatle's entourage and were observing the most intimate details of their heroes' lives. But not everyone was so sure that the film's authenticity would go over well with an American public that was almost entirely unaware of life in Britain., One executive at United Artists, the company that had produced the film, com- plained that he couldn't under- stand the Beatles' Liverpudlian accents and demanded that the movie be dubbed. "Look, if we can understand a f....n' cowboy Talk to me about Golf Cart Insurance. Did you know that you can get a policy for about $8 a month? Call me and I can help you select the right coverage to fit your needs and your driving preference. B Shannon Hill (661) 378-2454 @ shannonhilll@allstate.com Allstate. CA Insurance Agent #: 0H06802 ',..sh.od. Catalina Island Specialist! *,,,  ',;- ..... National average monthly premium amount based on policies in force as of 12/1108. Actual premium will vary based on state, amount of insurance purcnased and other factors. Insurance subject to terms, conditions and availability. Allstate indemnity Co. 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Tickets may be purchased at the museum, by phone at 310-510- 2414 or by visiting the A Hard Day's Night event page at www. CatalinaMuseum.org. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The museum, its digital theater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino and are open 7 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum. org. SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING AVALON, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATALINA AVE  I ] ill :.1 L,'1e}?t i: 1:1;| I  [elkJ ;,1   Or design your own experience on a fully equipped vessel with cabin, restroom, and satellite TV. cprs00rzo charon 424.738.0080 corsariocatalina.com captbevins@corsariocatalina.com 10  Friday, June 6, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER