16 Unexpectedly Influential Film Directors of the 20th Century


Richard Lester

British director Richard Lester's freewheeling approach to The Beatles' first two films, A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965), gave swingin' London a visual style marked by handheld cameras, flip humor, and breakneck pacing. Every other director who worked with a Brit pop group followed Lester's lead, including the talented John Boorman, who guided the Dave Clark 5 through Having a Wild Weekend in 1965. On a broader level, Lester's influence was felt in a variety of British films that were made in the mid-to late 1960s, such as John Schlesinger's Darling (1965).

On the next few pages, uncover the influence film directors of the 1970s brought to the art of filmmaking.