Lindsay Anderson

  • Lindsay Anderson – If…. (1968)

    1961-1970CrimeDramaLindsay AndersonQueer Cinema(s)United Kingdom
    If…. (1968)
    If…. (1968)

    In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.Read More »

  • Lindsay Anderson – O Lucky Man! (1973)

    Lindsay Anderson1971-1980ComedyUnited Kingdom

    One man’s dreams of success take him on a Byzantine journey through the various stations of the British class system in this politically charged black comedy from director Lindsay Anderson. Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is an ambitious young man who is looking to get his foot on the first rung of the ladder of success by landing a job as a salesman. After the death of Imperial Coffee’s leading drummer in the North, Travis’ charm and enthusiasm so impresses manager Mr. Duff (Arthur Lowe) that he’s given the job, and after some coaching from Gloria Rowe (Rachel Roberts), Travis sets out to find his fortune in the coffee trade.Read More »

  • Lindsay Anderson – In Celebration (1975)

    Lindsay Anderson1971-1980DramaUnited Kingdom

    from allmovie:
    One of the more cinematic entries in the mid-1970s American Film Theatre series, In Celebration is adapted from the play by David Storey. Lindsay Anderson, who directed the original stage version, reassembles his cast for this filmization. Alan Bates, James Bolam and Brian Cox play Andrew, Colin and Steven, the well-educated sons of roughhewn coal miner “Mr. Shaw” (Bill Owen) and his wife (Constance Chapman). On the occasion of their parents’ wedding anniversary, the three sons return to their dank little home village. All three boys have become successful, but only Bolam is comfortable with his success. To his parents’ dismay, Andrew announces that he has given up his law practice to become an artist; he also confesses to harboring homosexual inclinations. Prompted by the embittered Andrew, the other sons churn up memories of their childhood that they–and their parents–had hoped to keep buried. — Hal EricksonRead More »

  • Lindsay Anderson – The Old Crowd (1979)

    Lindsay Anderson1971-1980DramaTVUnited Kingdom
    The Old Crowd (1979)
    The Old Crowd (1979)

    George and Betty, a middle-class English couple, have just moved into a big Edwardian house in London and are throwing a party to celebrate. Unfortunately, after ten days none of their furniture has arrived, having been sent to Carlisle by mistake, three of the four toilets don’t work and cracks are starting to appear in the ceiling. However, nothing can dent their determination to have a good time.Read More »

  • Lindsay Anderson – Britannia Hospital (1982)

    1981-1990ComedyLindsay AndersonSci-FiUnited Kingdom

    Britannia Hospital, an esteemed English institution, is marking its gala anniversary with a visit by the Queen Mother herself. But when investigative reporter Mick Travis arrives to cover the celebration, he finds the hospital under siege by striking workers, ruthless unions, violent demonstrators, racist aristocrats, and African cannibal dictator and sinister human experiments.Read More »

  • Lindsay Anderson – Every Day Except Christmas (1957)

    1951-1960DocumentaryLindsay AndersonShort FilmUnited Kingdom

    1956 proved to be a crucial year in Lindsay Anderson’s career. Not only did he initiate the first Free Cinema screening, but he also wrote one of his most passionate theoretical pieces, “Stand Up! Stand Up!” (Sight and Sound, Autumn 1956), and he started the production of his new film, Every Day Except Christmas.Read More »

  • Lindsay Anderson – The Whales of August (1987)

    1981-1990ArthouseDramaLindsay AndersonUnited Kingdom

    Summer people in Maine: things are changing. Whales no longer pass close to the shore as they did during the youth of two elderly widowed sisters who have a seaside home where they’ve summered for 50 years. Libby is blind, contrary, and seemingly getting ready to die. Sarah is attentive to her sister, worried about continuing to care for her, and half interested in an old Russian aristocrat who fishes from their shore. It’s the eve of Sarah’s 46th wedding anniversary. The Russian offers some fish he’s caught, Sarah invites him to dinner, and Libby gets her back up. Sarah wonders if it isn’t time to sell the place and find a home for Libby. What alternatives do old people have?Read More »

  • Lindsay Anderson – This Sporting Life (1963)

    Drama1961-1970ClassicsLindsay AndersonUnited Kingdom

    In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. Machin lodges with Mrs Hammond, whose husband was killed in an accident at Weaver’s, but his impulsive and angry nature stop him from being able to reach her as he would like. He becomes increasingly frustrated with his situation, and this is not helped by the more straightforward enticements of Mrs Weaver.Read More »

  • Lindsay Anderson – O Dreamland (1956)

    1951-1960Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtDocumentaryExperimentalLindsay AndersonUnited Kingdom

    Unsparing candid-camera work and astute juxtaposition of natural sound provide a scathing, angry and wordless comment on modern popular culture as seen at a British amusement park. No attempt is made to poke fun at the people shown; they are portrayed as victims — Orwell’s 1984 “proles”. A visual and aural barrage of cheap pleasures and angry social comment by the later famous director of If and O Lucky Man.
    – Amos VogelRead More »

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