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“I don’t find filmmaking fun at all”: a 1973 interview with Richard Lester – British Film Institute

“I don’t find filmmaking fun at all”: a 1973 interview with Richard Lester – British Film Institute

Like many cinephiles, I’d been wondering how Richard Lester has been doing.Since The Bed Sitting Room in 1969, his work has been confined to television commercials. One cherished film project, a spectacular adaptation of George Macdonald Fraser’s novel Flashman, was cancelled by United Artists a month away from shooting in 1970, after Lester had spent more than a year in preparation. ‘The Day of the Lesteroid’, as Manny Farber called it, had come and gone, leaving a permanent imprint on everyone’s filmic consciousness, but leaving the man himself temporarily stranded. When I met Lester in January at his office in Twickenham… 

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