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Ask a filmmaker: Richard Lester | BFI
Ask a filmmaker: Richard Lester | BFI
Published: 2012/03/30
Channel: BFI
Richard Lester on the Beatles and A Hard Day
Richard Lester on the Beatles and A Hard Day's Night - BFI
Published: 2014/07/11
Channel: BFIEvents
Running & Jumping & Standing / Richard Lester
Running & Jumping & Standing / Richard Lester
Published: 2010/05/28
Channel: Jeff Burdette
The Knack ...and How to Get It (1965) Richard Lester
The Knack ...and How to Get It (1965) Richard Lester
Published: 2015/03/14
Channel: takacy100
Richard Lester On Working With John Lennon
Richard Lester On Working With John Lennon
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: Charles Hawtrey
The Ritz (1976) Trailer | Richard Lester
The Ritz (1976) Trailer | Richard Lester
Published: 2012/10/12
Channel: Ryan Saunders
The Knack ...and How to Get It Official Trailer #1 - Donal Donnelly Movie (1965) HD
The Knack ...and How to Get It Official Trailer #1 - Donal Donnelly Movie (1965) HD
Published: 2012/10/05
Channel: Movieclips Trailer Vault
The Three Musketeers (1973) Trailer
The Three Musketeers (1973) Trailer
Published: 2013/12/13
Channel: TheTrailerGal
Running Fast by Richard Lester
Running Fast by Richard Lester
Published: 2012/10/24
Channel: Richard Lester
Richard Lester pt1
Richard Lester pt1
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: Jon Caprine
A Hard Day
A Hard Day's Night (Quatre garçons dans le vent) de Richard Lester : Extrait 1
Published: 2014/12/17
Channel: CarlottaFilms
A HARD DAY
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT - Picturewise
Published: 2014/07/08
Channel: criterioncollection
Richard Lester - Petulia -1968.avi
Richard Lester - Petulia -1968.avi
Published: 2010/12/09
Channel: robdasnobb
Richard Lester TV interview, 1960
Richard Lester TV interview, 1960's - Film 946
Published: 2014/07/31
Channel: HuntleyFilmArchives
Frescobaldi Unmasked Part 1 of 2
Frescobaldi Unmasked Part 1 of 2
Published: 2009/11/24
Channel: Raymond Fenton
Richard Lester discusses the keyboard music of J.S. Bach
Richard Lester discusses the keyboard music of J.S. Bach
Published: 2017/04/27
Channel: NimbusRecordsTV
Sarah Douglas Interview from I-CON - Geek Crash Course
Sarah Douglas Interview from I-CON - Geek Crash Course
Published: 2012/04/03
Channel: Geek Crash Course
Richard Lester pt 2
Richard Lester pt 2
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: Jon Caprine
Domenico Scarlatti - Richard Lester - K 141
Domenico Scarlatti - Richard Lester - K 141
Published: 2011/07/06
Channel: anthony223
Superman II - NEW DELETED SCENE! Richard Lester Material!
Superman II - NEW DELETED SCENE! Richard Lester Material!
Published: 2009/05/30
Channel: Rahman4Media
"Superman II The Richard Donner Cut" Documentary Restoring The Vision Pt 1
"Superman II The Richard Donner Cut" Documentary Restoring The Vision Pt 1
Published: 2009/07/21
Channel: Supermanrecut- Superman Movie Fan Edits
Gavin Millar interviews Rita Moreno and Richard Lester
Gavin Millar interviews Rita Moreno and Richard Lester
Published: 2014/03/30
Channel: MouseM1963
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Did Superman Kill Zod
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Did Superman Kill Zod
Published: 2014/05/04
Channel: TheLyon301
129 Mini   Bob Hope Stories & Richard Lester
129 Mini Bob Hope Stories & Richard Lester
Published: 2017/07/16
Channel: Premium Gilbert
Jules Massenet: Elegie for soprano, cello & piano Helena Juntunen,Richard Lester,Juhani Lagerspetz
Jules Massenet: Elegie for soprano, cello & piano Helena Juntunen,Richard Lester,Juhani Lagerspetz
Published: 2012/10/03
Channel: Michel Camille
Brahms Op.26 Finghin Collins,Michael Gurevich,Michel Camille,Richard Lester
Brahms Op.26 Finghin Collins,Michael Gurevich,Michel Camille,Richard Lester
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: Michel Camille
1. Soler  -  Beyond Belief - Richard Lester
1. Soler - Beyond Belief - Richard Lester
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: Richard Lester
Soler Fandango
Soler Fandango
Published: 2014/03/11
Channel: Raymond Fenton
Richard Lester introduces Touch of Evil
Richard Lester introduces Touch of Evil
Published: 2016/06/23
Channel: VHS Video vault
Lezioni di Cinema. Richard Lester e i Beatles
Lezioni di Cinema. Richard Lester e i Beatles
Published: 2014/07/08
Channel: CinetecaBologna
Cuba (1979) Richard Lester - Rodada en Cádiz
Cuba (1979) Richard Lester - Rodada en Cádiz
Published: 2015/08/10
Channel: Paquito Moncayo
Encore. Patricia Kopatchinskaya and Richard LEster
Encore. Patricia Kopatchinskaya and Richard LEster
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Blu-ray & DVD -- Edgar Wright on Richard Lester
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Blu-ray & DVD -- Edgar Wright on Richard Lester
Published: 2010/11/02
Channel: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Richard T. Lester Showreel
Richard T. Lester Showreel
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: mindthegaptheatre
Richard Lester
Richard Lester
Published: 2014/01/17
Channel: spartomatic
Lalo Schifrin
Lalo Schifrin's music score from Richard Lester's "THE FOUR MUSKETEERS" (1974) Main & End Titles.
Published: 2012/05/04
Channel: RM
Pidax - Die Rückkehr der Musketiere (1989, Richard Lester)
Pidax - Die Rückkehr der Musketiere (1989, Richard Lester)
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: Pidax Film
Hal Hartley on Richard Lester
Hal Hartley on Richard Lester
Published: 2007/08/03
Channel: cornellwoolrich
Domenico Scarlatti - Richard Lester - K 430
Domenico Scarlatti - Richard Lester - K 430
Published: 2011/07/06
Channel: anthony223
Richard Lester y Los Beatles en MTV Video vanguardia
Richard Lester y Los Beatles en MTV Video vanguardia
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: HAY UN LUGAR
Die Verfilmung von Richard Lester
Die Verfilmung von Richard Lester
Published: 2016/04/17
Channel: Raoul de Bragelonne
Mx. Cosby talent section: Graduate- Richard Lester
Mx. Cosby talent section: Graduate- Richard Lester
Published: 2016/03/25
Channel: Richard Lester
Nuclear Innovation for the 21st Century - Prof. Richard K. Lester - MIT
Nuclear Innovation for the 21st Century - Prof. Richard K. Lester - MIT
Published: 2014/11/08
Channel: MIT Club of Northern California
Petulia de Richard Lester
Petulia de Richard Lester
Published: 2015/03/12
Channel: Alain LE CONG NEN
The Knack ... de Richard Lester
The Knack ... de Richard Lester
Published: 2015/03/10
Channel: Alain LE CONG NEN
Manuel De Falla: Siete Canciones populares Espanolas for cello & piano, Lester & Shirinyan
Manuel De Falla: Siete Canciones populares Espanolas for cello & piano, Lester & Shirinyan
Published: 2011/10/24
Channel: Michel Camille
A Hard Day
A Hard Day's Night (Quatre garçons dans le vent) de Richard Lester : Bande annonce
Published: 2014/10/28
Channel: CarlottaFilms
Richard T Lester INTRO
Richard T Lester INTRO
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: mindthegaptheatre
Richard Lester Short
Richard Lester Short
Published: 2008/01/26
Channel: victornil
Pidax - Auch die Kleinen wollen nach oben (1963, Richard Lester)
Pidax - Auch die Kleinen wollen nach oben (1963, Richard Lester)
Published: 2014/10/19
Channel: Pidax Film
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Richard Lester
Richard Lester Bologna 2014.jpg
Lester in Bologna in 2014
Born Richard Lester Liebman
(1932-01-19) January 19, 1932 (age 85)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Film director
Years active 1960–1991

Richard Lester (born January 19, 1932[1]) is an American film director based in Britain. Lester is known for his work with the Beatles in the 1960s and his work on the Superman film series in the 1980s.[2]

Early years and television[edit]

Lester was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a Jewish family. A child prodigy, he began studies at the University of Pennsylvania at the age of 15. He started in television in 1950, working as a stage hand, floor manager, assistant director and then director in less than a year, because no one else was around who knew how to do the work.[3] He directed Action in the Afternoon an American western television series that aired live on CBS from February 2, 1953 to January 29, 1954. The series originated from the studios and back lot of WCAU, Channel 10 in Philadelphia, and was broadcast Monday through Friday regardless of the weather. The half-hour series aired variously at 3:30 pm or 4:00 pm, throughout its run. In 1953, Lester moved to London and began work as a director in television, working for the low-budget producers The Danziger Brothers on episodes of Mark Saber, a half-hour detective series.

A variety show he produced caught the eye of Peter Sellers, who enlisted Lester's help in translating The Goon Show to television as The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d. It was a hit, as were two follow-up shows, A Show Called Fred and Son of Fred.[3][4][5] Lester recalls that A Show Called Fred was "broadcast live and that's why I went into film directing where you can do a second take!"[6]

Film career[edit]

The Beatles and the 'swinging' 1960s[edit]

A short film Lester made with Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers, The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959), was a favourite of the Beatles, and in particular John Lennon. When the band members were contracted to make a feature film, they chose Lester from a list of possible directors. A Hard Day's Night (1964) showed an exaggerated and simplified version of The Beatles' characters, and proved to be an effective marketing tool. Many of its stylistic innovations survive today as the conventions of music videos, in particular the multi-angle filming of a live performance. Lester was sent an award from MTV as "Father of the Music Video."[7]

Lester directed the second Beatles film Help! (1965).[8] Between the two Beatles films, Lester directed the first of several quintessential 'swinging' films, the sex comedy The Knack …and How to Get It (also 1965), the earliest of three films with actor Michael Crawford, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Subsequent Lester films from the 1960s included Petulia (1968) with Julie Christie and a score by John Barry, as well as the darkly surreal anti-war movie How I Won the War co-starring Lennon, which he referred to as an "anti-anti-war movie"; Lester noted that anti-war movies still took the concept of war seriously, contrasting "bad" war crimes with wars fought for "good" causes like the liberation from Nazism or, at that time, Communism, whereas he set out to deconstruct it to show war as fundamentally opposed to humanity. Although set in World War II, the movie is indeed an oblique reference to the Vietnam War and at one point, breaking the fourth wall, references this directly.[citation needed] Lester returned to his anti-war theme with the post-apocalyptic black comedy The Bed Sitting Room (1969) based on a play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus.

Career after 1970[edit]

In the 1970s, Lester directed a wide variety of films, including the disaster film Juggernaut (1974), Robin and Marian (1976), starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn and the period romance Cuba (1979), also starring Connery. However his biggest commercial successes in this period were The Three Musketeers (1973) and its sequel The Four Musketeers (1974). The films were somewhat controversial at the time because the producers, Alexander and Ilya Salkind, decided to split the first film into two after principal photography was completed. Many of the cast principals sued the Salkinds as a result, stating that they were only contracted to make one film.[citation needed]

Production on Superman II began before Superman was completed, and had to be halted to concentrate on getting the first movie completed. After the first Superman film was released in late 1978, the Salkinds went back into production on Superman II without informing Superman director Richard Donner; they placed Lester behind the camera for the completion of the film. Although Donner had shot a majority of what was planned for the film, Lester jettisoned or reshot much of the original footage so that he could claim sole credit for directing Superman II. Gene Hackman, who played Lex Luthor, refused to return for the reshoots, so Lester instead used a stunt double and an impersonator to loop Luthor's lines onto footage of Hackman shot by Donner.[citation needed] Some of Donner's original footage was later integrated into television versions of the film. In November 2006, Donner's footage was reedited into Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, consisting primarily of his footage with Lester's footage used only for scenes not shot during Donner's principal photography. Lester directed Superman III (1983), but this third installment was not as well received as its predecessors, yet was considered a box office success.

In 1984 Lester was awarded the MTV Video Vanguard Award.[9]

In 1988, Lester reunited most of the Three Musketeers cast to film another sequel, The Return of the Musketeers, released the following year. During filming in Spain, actor Roy Kinnear, a close friend of Lester, died after falling from a horse. Lester finished the film, then unofficially retired from directing, returning only to direct the concert film of Paul McCartney entitled Get Back (1991). In 1993, he presented Hollywood UK, a five-part series on British cinema in the 1960s for the BBC.

Director Steven Soderbergh is among many who have called for a reappraisal of Lester's work and influence and wrote the book, Getting Away With It published in 1999.[10] which consists of interviews with Lester.

Personal life[edit]

In Soderbergh's book Getting Away With It, Lester reveals that he is a committed atheist and debates with Soderbergh (then an agnostic), largely based on the arguments of Richard Dawkins. During Lester's time at Penn, he was also a member of the Beta Rho Chapter of Sigma Nu.

Filmography[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Combs, Richard (2015-07-01). "It's bound to end in tears.(discussing about movie director Richard Lester and his movies)". Film Comment. Film Society of Lincoln Center. 51 (4): 42(4). ISSN 0015-119X. 
  • Rosenfeldt, Diane (1978). Richard Lester: A guide to references and resources (A Reference publication in film). G. K. Hall. ISBN 978-0816181858. 
  • Sinyard, Neil (February 1985). The Films of Richard Lester. Barnes & Noble Imports. ISBN 978-0389205548. 
  • Yule, Andrew (April 1995). Richard Lester and the Beatles: A Complete Biography of the Man Who Directed a Hard Day's Night and Help!. Donald I Fine. ISBN 978-1556114359. 

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The Times 19 January 2009, Retrieved 2010-01-09
  2. ^ "Richard Lester". Senses of Cinema. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  3. ^ a b Soderbergh, Steven (1999-11-08). "Richard Lester interviewed by Steven Soderbergh". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  4. ^ Scudamore, Pauline (1985). Spike Milligan: A Biography. London: Granada. ISBN 0-246-12275-7.  pp.169-170
  5. ^ Lewis, Roger (1995). The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. London: Arrow Books. ISBN 0-09-974700-6. 
  6. ^ Ventham, Maxine (2002). "Richard Lester". In …. Spike Milligan: His Part in Our Lives. London: Robson. p. 72. ISBN 1-86105-530-7. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0504513/
  8. ^ Lewis (1995) provides citations for the television shows & films: A Show Called Fred, Son of Fred, Hard Day's Night, Help!, Mouse on the Moon, Running, Jumping Standing Still, and Three Musketeers
  9. ^ "MTV Music Awards Winners by Category". MTV. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  10. ^ Soderbergh, Steven; Lester, Richard, 1932- (1999), Getting away with it, or, The further adventures of the luckiest bastard you ever saw (2nd ed.), Faber and Faber, ISBN 978-0-571-19025-6 

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