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The Beatles’ first movie. Directed by Richard Lester who also directed their second film Help! The story follows a “typical” day in the life of the Fab Four dealing with screaming fans, the press, promoters, performances and their new found fame. Pre-production began in 1963 before the Beatles’ historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was planned as low budget film (hence the black & white) assuming that by the time it was released the popularity of the band would be waning. The movie was shot to give it a documentary feel as though it were actually chronicling the Beatles’ lives. Lester later said that George was the best actor among the four and that Paul was so enthusiastic he tried too hard. 106.  Julliard student breaks blues guitarist out of jail and travels with him to Mississippi Crossroads Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid – 1984) plays a gifted classical guitarist who is enthralled by Mississippi Delta Blues. While playing a benefit gig at a senior men’s prison he meets Willie Brown, better known as Blind Dog Fulton, who tells him he knows the unrecorded song by Robert Johnson, the legendary blues guitarist that purportedly sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his talent. The conflux of Hwys. 49 and 61 in Clarksdale, Mis-

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