I meant that the style he incorporated so fluidly, that of having a speaker voice sentences fluidly while the visuals depict him/her speaking the words in a changing array of settings reminds me most of today's music videos, where singers get switched, back and forth from one distinctive place or look to the next - often in mid-lyric.
I see what you mean now - that is a relatively recent device, although I think Richard Lester used it as early as The Knack
, and in America it was used in A Thousand Clowns
- that movie was directed by Fred Coe, who mostly produced "television playhouse" type stuff, but there's an unmistakable Lester influence to it. (Lester had already made, speaking of fast, clever motion pictures accompanied by pop music, A Hard Day's Night
And, of course, I wouldn't place my entire
life savings on Lester having invented the technique, but I can't think of a precedent. Interesting stuff to think about, though.