Directed by Richard Lester

Directed by Richard Lester

10 Episodes

Though he was born in America, Richard Lester would go on to become the definitive chronicler of swinging-sixties Britain, encapsulating the anarchic energy of the era with his exuberantly inventive, freewheeling style. It was thanks to his short THE RUNNING JUMPING & STANDING STILL FILM—a proto–Monty Python bit of slapstick absurdism made in collaboration with Peter Sellers—that Lester came to the attention of the Beatles, who tapped him to direct their film debut A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, an exhilaratingly irreverent pop-culture sensation that immortalized the Fab Four at the height of their fame and paved the way for the modern music video. In his subsequent films, Lester has moved between experimental personal projects such as the haunting Summer of Love elegy PETULIA and commercial triumphs like the rollicking all-star swashbuckler THE THREE MUSKETEERS and the poignant, revisionist Robin Hood tale ROBIN AND MARIAN, starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn in a rare late-career performance.

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Directed by Richard Lester
  • Richard Lester!

    Episode 1

    In this 1998 documentary directed by Stacy Cochran (MY NEW GUN) and shot by cinematographer Robert Elswit (MAGNOLIA), the filmmakers spend an afternoon talking with Richard Lester in the English countryside. The documentary’s playful style emulates Lester's own creative approach.

  • The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film

    Episode 2

    Directed by Richard Lester • 1959 • United Kingdom

    This film, directed by Richard Lester, was shot over two Sundays in 1959 for a cost of about seventy pounds. Nominated for an Oscar for best live-action short, it features Lester, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Graham Stark, and Bruce Lacey.

  • A Hard Day’s Night

    Episode 3

    Directed by Richard Lester • 1964 • United Kingdom

    Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A HARD DAY...

  • The Knack . . . and How to Get It

    Episode 4

    Directed by Richard Lester • 1965 • United Kingdom
    Starring Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford, Rita Tushingham

    This Palme d’Or winner set in swinging London is a loose-limbed romp about a man (Ray Brooks) who has “the Knack”—the talent for seducing women—and another who desperately wants it (Micha...

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

    Episode 5

    Directed by Richard Lester • 1966 • United States, United Kingdom
    Starring Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton

    Zero Mostel, Buster Keaton, Phil Silvers, and an uproarious supporting cast scam their way through this boisterous romp through ancient Rome amid gorgeous women, mistaken identi...

  • Petulia
    Episode 6


    Episode 6

    Directed by Richard Lester • 1968 • United Kingdom, United States
    Starring Julie Christie, George C. Scott

    When recently divorced, successful doctor Archie Bollen (George C. Scott) meets free-spirited Petulia Danner (Julie Christie), who’s newly wed to a wealthy but abusive husband (Richard C...

  • The Bed Sitting Room

    Episode 7

    Directed by Richard Lester • 1969 • United Kingdom
    Starring Rita Tushingham, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook

    British New Wave director Richard Lester joins former members of “The Goon Show” to create a series of comic sketches about a post-nuclear-attack London: a girl is seventeen months pregnant, ...

  • The Three Musketeers

    Episode 8

    Directed by Richard Lester • 1973 • United Kingdom, United States
    Starring Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain

    Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, and Frank Finlay step into the knee-high boots of Alexandre Dumas’s iconic swashbucklers in this boisterous take on the adventure classic...

  • The Four Musketeers

    Episode 9

    Directed by Richard Lester • 1974 • United Kingdom, United States
    Starring Oliver Reed, Michael York, Raquel Welch

    The follow-up to Richard Lester’s brilliantly entertaining THE THREE MUSKETEERS picks up where the previous film left off as D’Artagnan (Michael York)—now a full-fledged musketee...

  • Robin and Marian

    Episode 10

    Directed by Richard Lester • 1976 • United Kingdom, United States
    Starring Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Richard Harris

    Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn star as the legendary lovers Robin Hood and Maid Marion, who reunite twenty years after their first meeting. Now the mother supe...