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Richard Lester

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Richard Lester (born January 19, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) is a UK-based film director famous for his work with The Beatles. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Lester [Aug 2006]


(Richard Lester & Peter Sellers, Great Britain, 1959)
Shot in two days, this wild early collaboration between Peter Sellers, Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) and Spike Milligan (of the Goon Show) is a perfect example of surrealist comedy. The various protagonists undergo ridicu- lous catastrophes, exaggerated non-sequiturs, and Keystonian mayhem in a sylvan setting. Produced at hardly any cost at all, it proves once again that talent is more important than money. --Film As a Subversive Art (1974) - Amos Vogel

Petulia (1968) - Richard Lester

  • Petulia (1968) - Richard Lester [Amazon.com]
    This Richard Lester film will tell you more about how confusing the '60s were than any hackneyed NBC miniseries ever could. In this fragmented love story, told in a nonlinear fashion that bounces back and forth in time, George C. Scott plays a newly divorced surgeon who meets a charming if scattered young woman, Petulia (Julie Christie). He falls into an affair with her, only to discover that she is married to a seemingly normal guy (Richard Chamberlain)--who also happens to be extremely abusive. But his efforts to extricate her from the marriage, set against the flower-power scene in San Francisco, only frustrate him with her indecisiveness. The film features performances by the Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company, and captures a sense of the confusion caused by the youthquake that swept the nation. --Marshall Fine for amazon.com

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