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Richard Lester is a Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Music and Cinematography American born on 19 january 1932 at Philadelphia (USA)

Richard Lester

Richard Lester
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Nationality USA
Birth 19 january 1932 (87 years) at Philadelphia (USA)

Richard Lester (born January 19, 1932) is an American film director based in Britain. Lester is notable for his work with The Beatles in the 1960s and his work on the Superman film series in the 1980s.

Biography

Enfant surdoué, il entre à l'Université de Pennsylvanie à l'âge de 15 ans, en sort diplômé en psychologie clinique, commence à travailler pour la télévision en 1950 et n'a pas encore 20 ans lorsqu'il est promu réalisateur. Dans les années 1950 il se fixe à Londres, s'y spécialise dans les séries TV humoristiques, notamment avec Peter Sellers.

Il accède brusquement à la gloire en étant associé à celle des Beatles qui le choisissent en 1964 pour réaliser A Hard Day's Night puis Help!, des films qui auront une durable influence en inaugurant l'esthétique du vidéoclip musical. Il remporte entre-temps la Palme d'or au Festival de Cannes 1965 avec Le Knack... et comment l'avoir, et dirige John Lennon en 1967 dans Comment j'ai gagné la guerre. Il est alors une des figures les plus en vue du « Swinging London ».

En 1973, il met en scène Les Trois Mousquetaires et sa suite On l'appelait Milady. En 1976, il réalise une suite de Robin des Bois, La Rose et la Flèche, mettant en vedette Sean Connery et marquant le retour d'Audrey Hepburn après huit ans d'absence. En 1980, il est choisi pour terminer le tournage de Superman 2 en remplacement de Richard Donner, il renouvelle cette expérience trois ans plus tard avec Superman 3. Enfin, en 1989, il réalise Le Retour des Mousquetaires qui conclut sa saga cinématographique. Durant le tournage, l'acteur Roy Kinnear décède des suites d'une chute de cheval. Très affecté par cette disparition, Lester décide de prendre sa retraite anticipée.

Best films

Superman (1978)
(Producer)
Superman II (1980)
(Director)
Superman III (1983)
(Director)

Usually with

Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
(1 films)
Ken Thorne
Ken Thorne
(11 films)
Roy Kinnear
Roy Kinnear
(8 films)
Graham Stark
Graham Stark
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Richard Lester (28 films)

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Actor

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, 1h46
Directed by Ron Howard
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Concert, Musical films, Les Beatles
Actors Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, Richard Curtis, Whoopi Goldberg
Roles Himself
Rating77% 3.8968653.8968653.8968653.8968653.896865
Le documentaire explore les premières années de la carrière du groupe et tente d'expliquer la synergie qui liait John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison et Ringo Starr qui a permis de les amener vers les sommets des palmarès mondiaux pour devenir un phénomène culturel global.
White of the Eye, 1h50
Directed by Donald Cammell, Cassian Elwes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors David Keith, Cathy Moriarty, Art Evans, Michael Greene, Alberta Watson, William G. Schilling
Roles Tucson detective
Rating62% 3.147113.147113.147113.147113.14711
A series of murders of rich young women throughout Arizona bears distinctive signatures of a serial killer. Clues lead Detective Charles Mendoza to visit Paul White, a sound expert installing hi-fi systems in wealthy people's homes. His special talent is to make a noise which echoes through the air cavities in his head and shows him where the sound of the speakers should come from and echo in the room. He is married to Joan, whom, ten years earlier, he had seduced away from Mike DeSantos, who was her current boyfriend. Joan is questioned by Mendoza, but does not believe his insinuations that her husband is somehow involved in the murders.
The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film, 11minutes
Directed by Peter Sellers, Richard Lester
Origin United-kingdom
Actors Mario Fabrizi, Richard Lester, David Lodge, Leo McKern, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers
Rating64% 3.241713.241713.241713.241713.24171
Un court-métrage sans aucune action directe conçue plus comme une expérience, avec des scènes comiques disjointes sans fil commun.

Director

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, 1h56
Directed by Richard Donner, Richard Lester
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglas
Rating76% 3.8489053.8489053.8489053.8489053.848905
On the planet Krypton, criminals General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa (Sarah Douglas) and Non (Jack O'Halloran) are sentenced to eternal banishment inside the Phantom Zone by Jor-El (Marlon Brando) for insurrection and murder, amongst other crimes. Later, the shockwaves resulting from Krypton's explosion change the trajectory of the Phantom Zone, causing it to set on the same course as Kal-El's starship to Earth. Thirty years later, Superman (Christopher Reeve) diverts an XK-101 missile into outer space and, unknowingly, destroys the Phantom Zone as it drifts towards Earth and frees its captives.
The Return of the Musketeers, 1h42
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure
Actors Michael York, Oliver Reed, Frank Finlay, Richard Chamberlain, C. Thomas Howell, Kim Cattrall
Rating60% 3.049763.049763.049763.049763.04976
Twenty years after the events of The Four Musketeers, Cardinal Mazarin has imprisoned the Duke of Beaufort. Mazarin hires d'Artagnan to bring together Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, to work for him. Porthos accepts, but Athos and Aramis decline. By this time, Athos has a son named Raoul.
Finders Keepers, 1h36
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Michael O'Keefe, Beverly D'Angelo, Jayne Eastwood, Louis Gossett Jr., Jim Carrey, Pamela Stephenson
Rating56% 2.806762.806762.806762.806762.80676
Con man Michael Rangeloff (O'Keefe) is a fugitive from the law and from a women's roller derby team. Stealing a coffin and boarding a train, he masquerades as a soldier bringing home a comrade's body, but the casket actually houses $5 million in stolen money that is being sought by several parties. Rangeloff claims that his deceased friend is Lane Biddlecoff (Carrey), but Biddlecoff is a draft-dodger who is still alive.
Superman III, 2h
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Films about computing, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O'Toole, Annie Ross
Rating49% 2.4527852.4527852.4527852.4527852.452785
Gus Gorman, a chronically unemployed loser, discovers he has a talent for computer programming and gets a job at the Metropolis-based conglomerate Webscoe. Gus, dissatisfied with his pay, embezzles from his employer using a technique known as salami slicing, which brings Gus to the attention of CEO Ross Webster. Webster is intrigued by the computer's potential to aid him in his schemes to rule the world financially. Joined by his sister Vera and his "psychic nutritionist," Lorelei Ambrosia, Webster blackmails Gus into helping him.
Superman II, 2h3
Directed by Richard Donner, Richard Lester
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Space adventure films, Politique, Films about terrorism, Sur la Lune, Films set in the future, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Sur la Lune, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films, White House in fiction
Actors Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglas
Rating67% 3.3987853.3987853.3987853.3987853.398785
Prior to the destruction of Krypton, the criminals General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa (Sarah Douglas) and Non (Jack O'Halloran) are sentenced to banishment into the Phantom Zone for insurrection and murder, amongst other crimes.
Cuba
Cuba (1979)
, 2h2
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Chris Sarandon, Héctor Elizondo, Martin Balsam, Jack Weston
Rating57% 2.8510852.8510852.8510852.8510852.851085
The film's sense of historical accuracy is marred by the opening scene which shows an airliner landing in Havana with the wrong date ("1959") superimposed on the screen. It should read "1958", the last year of the revolution. Cuban President Batista fled the capital when Fidel Castro and his guerrillas entered Havana on New Year's Day 1959.
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, 1h55
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin USA
Genres Action, Western
Themes Buddy films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Tom Berenger, William Katt, Michael C. Gwynne, Peter Weller, Jeff Corey, Brian Dennehy
Rating57% 2.8511052.8511052.8511052.8511052.851105
A young Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid are wannabe outlaws who find that breaking the law is not as easy as it seems.
Robin and Marian, 1h46
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Romance
Actors Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Richard Harris, Nicol Williamson, Ronnie Barker
Rating65% 3.2996653.2996653.2996653.2996653.299665
An aging Robin Hood (Connery) is a trusted captain fighting for King Richard the Lionheart (Harris) in France, the Crusades long over. Richard orders him to take a castle that is rumored to hold a gold statue. Discovering that it is defended by a solitary, one-eyed old man (Esmond Knight) who is sheltering harmless women and children, and convinced that there is no statue, Robin and his right-hand man, Little John (Williamson), refuse to attack. King Richard, angry at their insubordination, orders the pair's execution, but before his orders can be carried out, he is mortally wounded by an arrow thrown by the old man. Richard has the helpless residents massacred, with the exception of the old man, because Richard likes his eye. The King asks Robin to pray for mercy for him. When Robin refuses, Richard draws his sword, but lacks the strength to strike him and falls to the floor. Robin helps him, and moved by his loyalty, with his last words, Richard frees Robin and Little John.
The Ritz
The Ritz (1976)
, 1h31
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Musical
Themes Films about sexuality, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Kaye Ballard, F. Murray Abraham, Treat Williams
Rating75% 3.7926153.7926153.7926153.7926153.792615
The farce is set in a gay bathhouse in Manhattan, where unsuspecting heterosexual Cleveland businessman Gaetano Proclo has taken refuge from his homicidal mobster brother-in-law, Carmine Vespucci. There Gaetano stumbles across an assortment of oddball characters, including a rabid chubby chaser, go-go boys, a squeaky-voiced detective, and Googie Gomez, a third-rate Puerto Rican entertainer with visions of Broadway glory who mistakes him for a famous producer and whom he mistakes for a man in drag. Further complications arise when Gaetano's wife Vivian tracks him down and jumps to all the wrong conclusions about his sexual orientation.
Royal Flash, 1h42
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Romance
Actors Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Florinda Bolkan, Joss Ackland, Tom Bell
Rating67% 3.3952753.3952753.3952753.3952753.395275
The film begins with Flashman making a patriotic speech to the boys of Rugby School framed by a giant Union Flag, in a scene which appears to be a parody of the opening sequence in the 1970 film Patton. There is a brief flashback to the events of the original Flashman, with the head of the Rugby School (Michael Hordern) recounting Flashman's exploits in Afghanistan.