January 2, 2017


Lindsay Anderson (1923-1994) b. Bangalore, India.

Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson‘s career is central to the entire post-war period in British cinema. His first critical article appeared in the journal Sequence in 1947 and he directed his first documentary film, Meet the Pioneers, in 1948; his last film, Is That All There Is? in 1992, was a cinematic self-portrait. He published two books on the cinema, one on the production of Thorold Dickinson‘s Secret People (1952) and one on his favourite film-maker, About John Ford. He also acted in a few films, for instance as the sculptor in James Broughton’s surrealist The Pleasure Garden (1952), as the Master of Caius College, Cambridge, in Hugh Hudson’s Chariots of Fire (1981), and as the Minister of War in Ken Russell’s film about the aftermath of the Dreyfuss affair, Prisoners of Honor (1991). Anderson also lent his strong voice as narrator to a series of television documentaries on film history – on D.W. Griffith, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and Ingmar Bergman – produced by Kevin Brown and David Gill. Anderson directed six feature films, three of which were adaptations: This Sporting Life (1963) was adapted from David Storey’s novel. In Celebration (1974) was a film version of Anderson’s production of Storey’s play at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1969; and The Whales of August (1987), Anderson’s last feature film, was an adaptation of David Berry’s play. The experimental side of Anderson’s work is his film trilogy, If… (1968), 0 Lucky Man! (1973) and Britannia Hospital (1982), which all involve the character Mick Travis, played by Malcolm McDowell. These films were his most controversial works and also his most important contribution to the history of British cinema.

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