Richard Lester

Richard Lester

Highest Rated: 100% Ring-A-Ding Rhythm (1962)

Lowest Rated: 30% Superman III (1983)

Birthday: Jan 19, 1932

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

A visually dazzling and witty filmmaker whose hyperkinetic films helped to shape the look and pace of 1960s-era cinema, Richard Lester was the creative force behind the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) and "Help!" (1965), as well as such crowd-pleasing hits as "The Knack And How to Get It" (1965), "The Three Musketeers" (1973) and "Superman II" (1981). After cutting his teeth on American television, Lester relocated to England, where he attracted the attention of Peter Sellers. Their numerous collaborations included the Oscar-nominated short "The Running Jumping Standing Still Film" (1959) which featured many of his trademark flourishes, including visual non-sequiters, a taste for unbridled slapstick and absurdity, and a rapid but precise editing style that won numerous fans, including The Beatles. His work with the pop icons made him a leading figure in British film, where his youthful, anarchic approach found favor around the world. A brief career spiral was thwarted by the success of the big-budget "Musketeers" films, as well as "Superman II." Lester's exuberance and experimentation were later adopted by countless filmmakers, as well as the music video genre, which borrowed wholesale from his Beatles films. Lester's best work brimmed with an energy and charm that remained untouchable, even after five decades.

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No Score Yet No Score Yet The Corpse Grinders 3 Gualtieri Bodyguard (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 78% Get Back Director $16.3K 1991
60% 34% The Return of the Musketeers Director - 1989
No Score Yet 25% Finders Keepers Director - 1984
30% 23% Superman III Director - 1983
83% 76% Superman II Director - 1980
33% 52% Butch and Sundance: The Early Days Director - 1979
45% 28% Cuba Director - 1979
95% 86% Superman: The Movie Producer - 1978
64% 80% The Ritz Director - 1976
74% 53% Robin and Marian Director - 1976
No Score Yet 64% Royal Flash Director - 1975
76% 74% The Four Musketeers Director - 1975
83% 56% Juggernaut Director - 1974
87% 77% The Three Musketeers Director - 1973
64% 63% Bed Sitting Room Director,
Producer
- 1969
86% 80% Petulia Director - 1968
44% 61% How I Won the War Director,
Producer
- 1967
86% 77% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Director - 1966
73% 69% The Knack... and How to Get It Director - 1965
89% 86% Help! Director - 1965
98% 89% A Hard Day's Night Director - 1964
86% 49% The Mouse on the Moon Director - 1963
100% No Score Yet Ring-A-Ding Rhythm Director - 1962