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The Running, Jumping and Standing Still Film

  • 1959
  • Richard Lester
  • 11 mins
  • U
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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Having worked with ex-Goons Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan on three TV series, Richard Lester was the perfect choice to direct this anarchic short, which marked his cinematic debut. Shot in two days for just £700, using Sellers's new 16mm camera, it boasts such bizarre images as a field receiving a good scrubbing, a man playing a record on a tree stump and Graham Stark getting carried away by his kite before being punched on the nose by Leo McKern wearing a single boxing glove. Nominated for an Oscar, it lost out to Jacques-Yves Cousteau's The Golden Fish.

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Credits

Cast

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TBCPeter Sellers
TBCSpike Milligan
TBCLeo McKern
TBCGraham Stark
TBCMario Fabrizi
TBCDavid Lodge
TBCBruce Lacey

Crew

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DirectorRichard Lester

Details

Theatrical distributor
British Lion Film Corp Ltd
Languages
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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