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Lester, Richard


LESTER, RICHARD (1932– ), film director. Born in the United States, Lester immigrated to England in 1954. He won prominence in 1964 with A Hard Day's Night, a quasi-documentary in which the Beatles poked fun at the craze they themselves had started. In 1965, his comedy The Knack won a first prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Among his other movies are Help (1965), also made with the Beatles; How I Won the War (1967), a controversial antiwar satire; Petulia (1968); The Bed Sitting Room (1969); The Three Musketeers (1974); The Four Musketeers (1975); Robin and Marian (1976); Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979); Superman ii (1980); Super-man iii (1983); The Return of The Musketeers (1990); and Get Back (1991).

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