Richard LESTER

Richard Lester was one of the most influential directors of the 1960s, and continued his career into the 1970s and early '80s. He is best remembered for the two films he helmed starring The Beatles: Yeah Yeah Yeah (1964) and Hi-Hi-Hilfe! (1965), the frenetic cutting style of which was seen by many as the predecessor of the music video a generation later.
Lester had made his name with the Oscar-nominated short subject Liebenswerte Leckerbissen (1959) that he made with "The Goon Show" veterans Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan. He then directed Sellers in Auch die Kleinen wollen nach oben (1963), which was produced by Walter Shenson. The Goons were a favorite of The Beatles, and when Shenson got the rights to make a movie with The Beatles, Lester seemed to be the ideal director for the project.

That project, "A Hard Day'...

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