Posts Tagged ‘Richard Lester’

Review of The Beatles 1965 film HELP! (linked) in the 60s Retrospective Series. This one’s even more comprehensive than my review of A Hard Day’s Night. Director Richard Lester has said that his obituary will begin ‘Beatles director …‘  On the basis of this he has been called ‘the father of MTV video’ and it was the innovative and exciting area of the film. The trouble is the basic storyline is dire.


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The 60s Retrospectives. I’ve been avoiding A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, (Linked) simply because it has had so much written about it, but it is unavoidable as probably the key “Swinging Sixties London” movie. A lot on the film, The Beatles, the album …  definitely a pleasure to rewatch.


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The 60s Films retrospective film series continues with How I Won The War, (FOLLOW THE INK TO THE REVIEW) from Richard Lester in 1967. Starring Michael Crawford and John Lennon, which is why it was so famous, though in my memory I’d put Michael Crawford, Michael Horden, Lee Montague and Roy Kinnear as the true stars. I rated it at the time. The critics didn’t. So how does it stand up 40 years on? See the review.


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