Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Richard Lester!

The director of A Hard Day's Night, Help!, How I Won the War, and many other films was born on this day in 1932.

To gather a sense of how influential Lester was, read Roger Ebert's panegyric to A Hard Day's Night. I don't know if Ebert could have been more effusive: "After more than three decades, it has not aged and is not dated; it stands outside its time, its genre and even rock. It is one of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies."

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