by (@JordanRuntagh)

“The Beatles Are Arriving In Two Hours”: Filmmaker Albert Maysles Recalls Their First U.S. Visit 50 Years Later


For many, the sixties began on February 7th 1964, when four British kids with pudding basin haircuts exited their Pan Am jet at New York’s JFK Airport and received a rapturous welcome into the hearts of a generation. Footage of the Beatles‘ American arrival is among the most enduring pieces of film in history, and Albert Maysles was the man behind the camera. Exactly fifty years later, the filmmaker reflects on what it was like to capture the start of a cultural love affair that continues to this day.

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