Richard Lester has had a storied career in film and television, but if it weren’t for Peter Sellers / Spike Milligan collaboration known as The Running, Jumping, and Standing Still Film, we’d probably be a lot less familiar with him. It was this 10 minute short that brought him to the attention of The Beatles (and especially John Lennon), who then picked him to helm their debut film, A Hard Days Night. Lester went on to direct Help! and then aimed his sights a little higher on the cinematic menu. His Musketeer films are great, but the nerd in me demands fealty to his Superman II (which he took over when Richard Donner was kicked from the project*.). Sadly, Lester also directed the Richard Pryoriffic Superman III in which The Big Blue Schoolboy fought a computer that by todays standards was as powerful as an Amiga 500.
Whew. Lot of leadup there, huh? Anyway, take some time out of your day to enjoy 10 minutes of sheer goofy with The Running, Jumping, and Standing Still Film.
Speaking of Superman II, I didn’t realize that Richard Donner’s cut of the film was being released this November. How awesome is that?