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Bozeman Film Society brings ‘Beatlemania’ to the big screen




On Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., Bozeman Film Society presents “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years.” In the film, Ron Howard takes a lively and nostalgic look back at the early days (1962 -1966) of the iconic rock ‘n’ roll band that forever changed the music business, the art form and the culture at large.

The film combines restored archive footage and new interviews with the band’s two surviving members and diehard fans to chronicle John, Paul, George and Ringo’s inner workings while exploring The Beatles’ unique musical gifts and remarkable, complementary personalities. Ty Burr, film critic for The Boston Globe, calls “The Touring Years” “a long, jangling, melodious soak, rich with backstage incident and wall-to-wall hits!”

Produced with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Beatle widows Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, the film also includes 30 minutes of footage shot by celebrated cinematographer Andrew Laszlo for the band’s 1965 concert at Shea Stadium, the first-ever recorded and broadcast rock concert. Laszlo’s crew captured the concert with 14 cameras on 35 mm film, a feat that left many of them with hearing loss.

The footage has been digitally restored to 4K resolution for this documentary. The BFS will honor the late Andrew Laszlo—filmmaker, teacher, author and Montana resident—with a short onstage presentation.

Tickets for “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – the Touring Years” are available online at, by calling The Ellen Theatre box office at (406) 585-5885, or at the box office Wednesday through Saturday from 1–3 p.m., and two hours prior to any performance. Visit for a schedule of upcoming events.

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