Richard Lester changed the cinematic language of the movie musical with his off-the-wall comic sensibilities and frenetic visual style in the Beatles' 1964's "A Hard Day's Night" and 1965's "Help!" even winning an MTV Music Award two decades later honoring him as the "father of music videos."
His swinging 1965 comedy "The Knack ... and How to Get It," with Michael Crawford, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
FOR THE RECORD:
Richard Lester: An article in the Jan. 10 Calendar section about director Richard Lester said his hometown is Pittsburgh. Lester was born in Philadelphia.