Archive for Richard Lester

Mister Beewees

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on July 22, 2014 by dcairns

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When Timo Langer, boy editor, and I completed the first cut of PICTUREWISE 3 (here), the sequel to the two-part video essay on A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, it was about fifteen minutes long. Criterion suggested that ten minutes would be a better length for online content (maybe the standards were set by YouTube’s original upload limits; at any rate, people prefer shorter clips), so we made some trims. But I preserved the deleted scenes so I could empty my trim-bin all over Shadowplay.

The first bit we deemed snippable is an amusing story from the production of THE THREE MUSKETEERS, which besides its humorous content shows how money gets wasted on films. Lester, being a socially responsible chap, was always tormented by this. “You think — I’m wasting hospitals here!

lester beewees from David Cairns on Vimeo.

The Three Musketeers/The Four Musketeers (Two-Movie Collection)

Something I didn’t realize: my Lester video essay is also on the UK Blu-ray of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT from Second Sight — A Hard Day’s Night: 50th Anniversary Restoration [Blu-ray]

Had Sang a Dry Hit

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on July 17, 2014 by dcairns

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This is what the Shadowplayhouse looks like today. obviously, your own home should look identical — to achieve the desired effect, follow the link below and order AT LEAST FOUR copies of the Criterion Collection’s dual-format edition of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT.

It’s been an epic journey to get to this point, beginning with the end of production on NATAN and me asking myself the question “Now that I am a documentarist, what would I like to do next?” and answering the question with “Something to do with Richard Lester.” And then contacting the Great Man via a series of intermediaries. And finding he wasn’t at all sure he wanted to talk to anyone about his work, and that he doubted there would be anyone interested in hearing it.

“I have a share of the book I did with Soderbergh. And at the same time a truck is pulling up outside Paul McCartney’s house with his royalties, I get my share from the book. And it has never been more than five pounds.”

And emailing Criterion to ask if they might be interested in something on Lester, and meeting producer Kim Hendrickson in Telluride where she said that Yes, as a matter of fact, something was in the offing. My mind doesn’t think in terms of anniversaries so I hadn’t noticed there was a fifty-year one coming up.

Lester, when I told him I now had a producer and a budget and an outlet: “Congratulations, you’ve picked someone’s pocket.”

Once again, here’s the sequel to the piece I made for the disc.

And here’s where you go to buy the thing itself: A Hard Day’s Night (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)

I admit it: Soderbergh’s Lester interview is better than mine: Getting Away With It: Or – Further Adventures of the Luckiest Bastard You Ever Saw

Picturewise 3

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on July 8, 2014 by dcairns

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Using bits of my Richard Lester interview I couldn’t incorporate into PICTUREWISE, the two-part piece I made for Criterion’s A HARD DAY’S NIGHT disc, editor Timo Langer and I have made a sequel, PICTUREWISE III. Since the first part concentrated on A HARD DAY’S NIGHT and what led up to it (The Goon Show, the Buster Keaton influence, IT’S TRAD DAD) and the second part mainly portrayed the sixties films, this piece looks at the seventies and eighties work, which REALLY needs re-assessed and appreciated.

Parts one and two are narrated by Rita Tushingham (wow!) but for this third part you have to settle for me.

You can see it here.

Parts 1 and 2 are on the DVD: A Hard Day’s Night (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)

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