Ron Howard’s new documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years tracks the world’s most famous band at the height of their fame.
“When I first heard about the idea of focusing on the touring years, and I did some research, I began to see it as an ensemble adventure/survival story,” Howard tells Esquire. “I was very interested in tracking their growth as characters, as an ensemble, but also as individuals. They were innovating at a tremendous speed, and to great effect, while they were enduring these incredible challenges—being tested and pushed in all sorts of directions. I’m always fascinated by individuals whose character, whose mettle, is being tested, and I felt like there was that potential in this story. And so my question to the team was, did they think we had the footage to be able to tell that story.”
The film is now streaming on Hulu.
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