• The Later Career of Richard Lester

    By David Cairns

    Director Richard Lester is best remembered for his delightfully mod films of the sixties, including the Beatles classics A Hard Day’s Night (1964) and Help! (1965) as well as The Knack . . . and How to Get It (1965) and Petulia (1967). In the following video essay, the final part of a supplement titled Picturewise that begins on Criterion’s new special edition of A Hard Day’s Night, critic David Cairns looks at the filmmaker’s neglected work of the seventies, including The Three Musketeers (1973), Juggernaut (1974), and Robin and Marian (1976), as well as his foray into big-budget superhero movies in the eighties. Like the earlier segments, this part features new audio interviews with Lester.


  • By Ted Haycraft
    July 07, 2014
    08:04 PM

    ...fantastic - an insightful (& needed) sequel to my favorite special feature on the A HARD DAY'S NIGHT release by you guys!!!
  • By Aleksi
    July 07, 2014
    10:40 PM

    I'm saddened, but not surprised, to see Lester's glorious comedy The Ritz completely ignored. The Ritz, first and foremost, is one of the funniest movies ever made. It's also one of the only truly successful bedroom farces in English. It was revolutionary in its easy acceptance of gay sexuality, applying gay stereotypes in a wholesome way for hilarious situational humor that was not in any way derogatory, prurient or condemning. (Farce, after all, requires broad caricature for its humor.) It featured greatly talented actors at the beginning of their careers (F. Murray Abraham; Treat Williams), brilliant comic character actors (Jack Weston, Kaye Ballard), and a host of top-level stage actors from Broadway and London. The RItz was a tremendously successful transposition of a very theatrical play to film, largely due to Lester's brilliance with editing and mise-en-scene. I hope one day The Ritz gets rediscovered as the important and brilliant comic gem it is, and it deserves to be considered one of Lester's best movies.
  • By Craig J. Clark
    July 08, 2014
    09:13 AM

    Juggernaut and Cuba would both make for excellent additions to the Collection.
    • By The Narrator Returns
      July 08, 2014
      10:45 AM

      Actually, Juggernaut and (most likely) Cuba will be released by Kino on Blu-Ray. Hey, it's better than nothing.
  • By Adam Jerome
    July 10, 2014
    01:12 PM

    Petulia richly deserves the Criterion treatment.