If any single director can encapsulate the popular image of Britain in the Swinging Sixties, then it is probably Richard Lester. With his use of flamboyant cinematic devices and liking for zany humour, he captured the vitality, and sometimes the triviality, of the period more vividly than any other director. This has been somewhat to the detriment of his later work which, whilst more conventional in style, has qualities which have been overshadowed by his fashionable earlier output.
Lester was born in Philadelphia, USA, on 19 January 1932. After graduating in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, he began his career in American television as a stagehand, rising to become a director at just 20. He left for Europe in 1954, settling in Britain in 1956.
His sympathy for anarchic comedy made him an ideal director for the television series A Show Called Fred (ITV, 1956), where he worked with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan. He teamed up with them again for… read more
An absurdist classic that plays not only as a hilarious who's-who of Britain's great comedy stars of the 60s, but also a scathing and surreal satire of British society and post-apocalyptic paranoia. For all its zany antics, the film also achieves an unexpected sense of grim melancholy, due in large part to its surreal landscapes of destruction and decay. A cult masterpiece that deserves to be better known.
A real Film Buffs delight ,ignore what the critics say Richard Lester in my view is a major directing talent who's work deserves better from critics
Looks fantastic on blu-ray! A great addition to any cinemaphile's library and would make a great double-feature with Kubrick's Cold War comedy. Even though some of the English humor passed over my head, I still enjoyed Lester's compositions, the acting, and the colorful cinematography. Visit my blog for a full review.