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Richard Lester (born January 19, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a UK based film director famous for his work with The Beatles. January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... State nickname: The Keystone State Other U.S. States Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell Official languages None Area 119,283 km² (33rd)  - Land 116,074 km²  - Water 3,208 km² (2. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... The Beatles (L-R, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon), in 1964, performing on The Ed Sullivan Show during their first United States tour, promoting their first U.S. hit song, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ...


Lester was something of a child prodigy, and at 15 began studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he first developed an interest in British film, particularly Ealing comedies. The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn, although the former is the preferred and recognized nickname of the University) is a private university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a member of the Ivy League. ... Ealing Studios, a TV and film production company and facilities provider at Ealing Green in West London, claims to be the oldest film studio in the world. ...


In 1953, Lester moved to London and began work as a director in independent television. A shambolic variety show he produced caught the eye of Peter Sellers, who enlisted Lester's help in translating The Goon Show to television as Idiot Weekly. It was a hit, as were two follow-up shows A Show Called Fred and Son of Fred. 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben Tower Bridge at night A red double-decker bus crosses Piccadilly Circus. ... Peter Sellers Richard Henry Sellers (September 8, 1925 - July 24, 1980), better known as Peter Sellers, was a British comedian, talented comic actor, and performer on The Goon Show (a long-running BBC radio show, 1951-1960). ... The Goon Show was a hugely popular and extremely influential British radio comedy programme, which was originally produced and broadcast by the BBC from 1951 to 1960 on the BBC Home Service. ...


A short film Lester made with Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers - The Running, Jumping and Standing Still Film - was a favourite of The Beatles, and in particular John Lennon. When the band were contracted to make a film in 1964, they chose Lester from a list of possible directors. A Hard Day's Night showed an exaggerated and simplified version of The Beatles' characters, and proved to be an incredibly 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. Spike Milligan Spike Milligan Kt CBE (April 16, 1918 – February 27, 2002) was a comedian, novelist, poet, jazz musician (trumpet and guitar - also played the piano - and was a dab hand at raspberry blowing) and is best remembered as the creator, principal writer and performing member of The Goon Show. ... Peter Sellers Richard Henry Sellers (September 8, 1925 - July 24, 1980), better known as Peter Sellers, was a British comedian, talented comic actor, and performer on The Goon Show (a long-running BBC radio show, 1951-1960). ... John Lennon John Winston Lennon, later John Ono Lennon, (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), was best known as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist for The Beatles. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The film A Hard Days Night (1964) is a mockumentary written by Alun Owen and starring The Beatles during the height of Beatlemania. ... A music video (also video clip, promo) is a short film meant to present a visual representation of a popular music song. ...


Lester went on to direct several quintissential 'swinging' films, including sex comedy The Knack (1965) (with a score by John Barry) and the second Beatles film Help! (1965). The Knack were a Los Angeles-based rock band that rose to fame with their first single, My Sharona, in 1979 (see 1979 in music) from their debut album, Get the Knack. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... John Barry, OBE (born John Barry Prendergast on November 3, 1933 in York, England) is a highly successful composer, chiefly known for his film scores. ... Help! is the title of a 1965 film starring the Beatles and also featuring Leo McKern. ...


In the 1970s and 1980s he worked on several big budget films, amongst which The Three Musketeers (1973) and Superman II (1980) were the biggest commercial successes. This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Superman, nicknamed The Man of Steel, is a fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and eventually became one of the most popular and well-known comic book icons of all time. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


In recent years, Lester has all but retired, although the re-release on DVD of A Hard Day's Night in 2002 saw a renewed interest in his work. DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External link

  • www.imdb.com entry for Richard Lester
  • Senses of Cinema: Great Directors Critical Database

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Richard Lester - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (698 words)
Richard Lester (born January 19, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) is a UK-based film director famous for his work with The Beatles.
Lester was something of a child prodigy, and at 15 began studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he first developed an interest in British film, particularly Ealing comedies.
In 1978, Lester was brought into the Superman fold after producers Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind brought him in as an uncredited producer for Superman: The Movie, which was being filmed at the same time as Superman II, much as the Musketeers films had been.
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