This was part of a series of reviews of the ASUW Film series back in the '70's. Except for some punctuation, I haven't changed anything from the way it was presented, giving the snarky, clueless kid I was back in the '70's a break (But not as much as I'd like to!). Any stray thoughts and updates I've included with the inevitable asterisked post-scripts.
"The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film" (Richard Lester, 1960) "The Running, Jumping, and Standing Still Film" is a
It's always interesting to follow the career of a director, and it is particularly so with Lester. His humor. (at first), was the entire film, then (it merely) dominated his work, then (the humor)sank into his films, becoming a part of the landscape.
The cast consists of Lester's old cronies from The Goon Show -- such luminaries as Peter Sellers (playing a snooty hunter), Spike Milligan (as a would-be hang-glider), I think Leo McKern (who played the high priest Clang in "Help!"***) quite appropriately ends the film. Lester, himself, appears, logically, as a beginning artist. I'm very glad to say that he has improved considerably.
I'm a big fan of Lester's as one can tell by the laundry list of films in the review. He went on to make less-stellar films of "Supermen II and III," Cuba," "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days," "The Return of the Musketeers," and "Finders Keepers." His last film was the 1991 Paul McCartney concert film entitled "Get Back."
Now here (fanfare!) is a LNTAM "first:" This is the first time that I can show the entire film that the review is talking about, courtesy of those crazy kids at YouTube.
Tomorrow: The "Woodman" sees more clouds of grey/than any Russian play/could guarantee in "Love and Death."
The Day after the Day that is Tomorrow that is not Today, Q.E.D.: The...LARCH!
***McKern also played, staggeringly, Rumpole of the Bailey for British television, and many roles comedic and dramatic. Lest we forget.