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Richard Lester Box Set

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American expat and self-styled ‘amateur anarchist’, Richard Lester slotted into the nervy, vital, self-consciously wacky style of ‘60s Britain as if to the manner born. The Knack ...And How To Get It (1965) is the quintessential ‘60s Lester movie. Based on Ann Jellicoe’s play, with Rita Tushingham’s provincial innocent adrift in swinging London, it’s packed with more visual/verbal gags than you could shake a pair of Union Jack knickers at. How I Won the War (1967) applies the same Goon-tinged surrealism to darker matters, aiming to undermine the stiff-upper-lip jingoism of British war flicks. It has some sharp moments, but the tone shifts uneasily and the satire never bites hard enough. In between came A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1966), Stephen Sondheim’s ancient Rome musical, shoved into overmugged slapstick by a heavy-handed Hollywood producer.

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 10th 2007

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