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Also Known As: Lindsay Gordon Anderson Died: August 30, 1994
Born: April 17, 1923 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Bangalore, Karnataka, IN Profession: director, critic, editor, actor, screenwriter, producer, magazine editor, author

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"If you truly love human beings, you have to be able to be angry with them," Lindsay Anderson once said. An angry idealist and cerebral iconoclast, he implied--at least in his early feature film work--that the first step toward redeeming a corrupt system of values lies in contemplating its destruction.

"If you truly love human beings, you have to be able to be angry with them," Lindsay Anderson once said. An angry idealist and cerebral iconoclast, he implied--at least in his early feature film work--that the first step toward redeeming a corrupt system of values lies in contemplating its destruction.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Is That All There Is? (1995) Director
2.
  Whales of August, The (1987) Director
3.
  Wish You Were There (1985) Director
4.
  Britannia Hospital (1983) Director
5.
  In Celebration (1975) Director
6.
  O Lucky Man! (1973) Director
7.
  If.... (1969) Director
8.
  This Sporting Life (1963) Director
9.
  Foot and Mouth (1955) Director
10.
  Henry (1955) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Is That All There Is? (1995) Himself
2.
 Lucky Man (1994) Himself
3.
 Blame It on the Bellboy (1992) Mr Marshall
4.
 Prisoner of Honor (1991) War Minister
5.
 Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) Narration
6.
 CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981) Master Of Caius
7.
 O Lucky Man! (1973) Director
8.
 75 Years of Cinema Museum (1972) Narration
9.
 Martyrs of Love (1968) Himself
10.
 Inadmissible Evidence (1968) Barrister
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Milestones close milestones

1925:
Moved to England from India at age two
1943:
Served as an army officer with the King's Royal Rifle Corps and later with the Army Intelligence Corps during WWII; military experience ended with a year in India working as a cryptographer
1945:
Along with a number of his fellow army officers, raised a red flag over the roof of their camp's mess when a Labour government was elected in Britain
1946:
Claimed that he received his "first real creative shock in the cinema" when he first saw John Ford's "My Darling Clementine"
:
Co-editor (with Gavin Lambert, Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson) of the film periodical "Sequence"; when they left Oxford, the editors took the journal with them, writing most of each issue themselves and publishing it in London
1948:
Made first short documentary, "Meet the Pioneers" (also narrator, writer and co-editor)
1952:
Published "Making of a Film" about Thorold Dickinson's production of "Secret People" (1952)
1952:
Produced and acted in James Broughton's experimental medium-length film, "The Pleasure Garden"
1952:
Made "Wakefield Express" and "Three Installations", the first two of nine documentary collaborations over the next several years with cinematographer Walter Lassally
1955:
Began directing occasional TV commercials, a kind of work he would intermittently return to over the years (date approximate)
:
TV debut directing four episodes of "The Adventures of Robin Hood"; episodes were "Secret Mission", "The Imposters", "Isabella" and "The Haunted Mill"
:
Co-programmer of the Free Cinema series at London's National Film Theatre
1957:
London stage directing debut, "The Waiting of Lester Abbs", Royal Court Theatre, London
1963:
Feature film directing debut, "This Sporting Life"; also marked early collaboration with novelist and playwright David Storey, who wrote the screenplay based on his novel
1965:
Stage acting debut in "Miniature" at the Royal Court Theatre, London
1969:
Earliest acting for TV included a role on "The Parachute"
:
Served as co-artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, London; then as associate artistic director (1971-75)
1967:
Directed two short films, "The White Bus" and "Raz Dwz Trzy--The Singing Lesson/"One, Two, Three--The Singing Lesson", the latter made in Poland
1968:
Feature producing debut, "If...", Which he co-produced with Michael Medwin and also directed
1968:
Made feature-length film acting debut, as a barrister in "Inadmissible Evidence"
1969:
First theatrical premiere staged in collaboration with playwright David Storey, "In Celebration"
:
Served as co-artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre in London
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Was a founding member of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre
1971:
Directed David Storey's play, "Home", on Broadway, with John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson in the leading roles; received Tony nomination as Best Director of a Dramatic Play
:
Served as associate artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre
1972:
Narrated the documentary, "75 Years of Cinema Museum", directed by Eila Hershon and Roberto Guerra
1978:
Received credit for "collaboration" on the independently-made feature film, "Nighthawks", about a gay male schoolteacher
:
Directed revivals of the plays "The Holly and the Ivy" and "In Celebration" off-Broadway in 1982 and 1984, respectively
1985:
Directed a production of "Hamlet" in Washington DC, restaging and revising a production of the play he had done in London four years earlier
1985:
Made a documentary film of a tour of China by the British pop group Wham!, "Wish You Were There/Foreign Skies"
1987:
Directed last feature film, "The Whales of August"
1989:
American TV directorial debut, "Glory! Glory!", A satirical miniseries made for HBO
1991:
Played the role of the war minister in the made-for-HBO TV-movie, "Prisoner of Honor"
1992:
Last feature film acting appearance, "Blame It on the Bellboy"
1992:
Last theatrical premiere of work written by David Storey, "Stages"
1994:
Was one of five filmmakers asked by the BBC to make semi-autobiographical films for a series, "The Director's Place"; Anderson's segment scheduled to open the series 9/17/94
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Education

Cheltenham College: -
Wadham College: - 1941 - 1948

Notes

Bob Baker, of the British film journal Film Dope characterized Anderson as follows: "John Ford meets George Orwell."

"I'm not, unfortunately, a good careerist, and I'm not proud of that. It's just that to be a director today, you have to do so much more than actually direct. My problem is I don't speak the Hollywood language. I just don't." --Lindsay Anderson, in a 1987 Variety interview, quoted in his obituary in the September 1, 1994 issue of that industry trade.

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father:
Alexander Vass Anderson. Career military officer. Attained the rank of major-general; of Scottish descent; served in the army in India, as had his father before him; divorced from Lindsay Anderson's mother when the boy was ten.
mother:
Estelle Bell Anderson. Daughter of a prosperous wool merchant; born in Queenstown, South Africa; remarried after her divorce from Alexander Vass Anderson.
brother:
Murray Anderson. Survived him.
nephew:
Sandy Anderson. Survived him.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Making of a Film"
"John Ford"
"Mainly About Lindsay Anderson" Alfred A. Knopf

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