L.A. Film Critics Fete Richard Lester

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s 2013 career achievement award will be presented to director Richard Lester, the organization announced on Saturday.

The 81-year old Lester, whose career encompassed everything from the Beatles to Robin Hood and Superman, follows Frederick Wiseman, Doris Day and Paul Mazursky in receiving the honor. Lester will be feted at the critics group’s annual awards dinner in January.

Often considered the father of the musicvideo, Lester directed the seminal Beatles features “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” in the mid-1960s. His sex comedy “The Knack…And How to Get It” won Lester the Palme d’Or at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival, while follow-ups “Petulia” and “How I Won the War” (which featured John Lennon is his only non-musical film role) are both essential filmic documents of the ‘60s counterculture.

In the 1970s, Lester notched commercial successes with “Robin and Marian” and “The Three Musketeers,” and he also helmed “Superman II” and “Superman III” in the early 1980s before effectively retiring.

LAFCA’s year-end awards will be announced on December 8.

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