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 (1968). 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.
How Jane Fonda’s Feminist Awakening Collided with Klute
The Oscar-winning actor remembers how her heightened political consciousness in the early 1970s led to her initial hesitation to take on the leading role in Alan J. Pakula’s psychological thriller.
Agnieszka Holland’s Ironic Slant on the Unspeakable
The acclaimed Polish director explains how her international breakthrough film, Europa Europa, was inspired by a desire to tell a different, less predictable kind of Holocaust story.