Jonathan Cott

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The question is: why do we need A Hard Day's Night so much that we keep showing it as often as we do? (p. 84)

Childhood is our goal. Concomitant with being a child exists the pleasure one gets from playing and the intolerable displeasure one gets from realizing one's dependency on others. Thus the Beatles play on the rugby field in that most pleasurable scene which you want to see again and again. Four boys mock space and time—the sequence lasts under three minutes—as they play to "Can't Buy Me Love." Every moment seems spontaneous and joyful. Actions and movements are speeded up and slowed down. What we see is how we once wanted to feel. "Genital organization is a tyranny in man because...

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