Biography of Lindsay Anderson (1923-1994)

Film and theater director and screenwriter, born in Bangalore, Mysore (India), on April 17, 1923 and died in Paris on August 31, 1994.


He was born in the India since his father, the British army officer, was stationed in that country. However, he/she studied in England, until the second world war forced him to go to the front. After the conflict he/she returned to Oxford University to continue his career in literature.

Passionate about cinema, began as critic for several publications of the time. Since the late 1940s, he/she participated as editor and director of documentaries, beside other young people like Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson, who received the support of the British Film Institute, and which soon spawned the film "Free Cinema" movement. In these documentaries, he/she made a critical analysis of the British society, a position he/she held throughout his short career as a director of feature films.

It was important for the creative restlessness they breathed in Great Britain, the text that he/she wrote in 1957, a manifesto that reflected concern for the situation that had the British cinema of the time. In these years of the late 1950s he/she also turned in the theatre, where he/she worked his entire life looking for innovation and the most suggestive texts of their peers.

His first film, the wild naive, delves into the relationship that keeps a young rugby player, who abandons the mine and goes to town with the desire to succeed in sport, with a widowed woman, older than him, with two sons. The structure offered by Anderson is very interesting: are discovering the nature of each of the protagonists and the lives of others through a series of retrospecciones that will be offering information. Richard Harris, star of the film, received the award for best performance at the Festival de Cannes. Five years later he/she directed If..., a look cruel and hard training in a College of higher education, perhaps its particular interpretation of the cultural and intellectual events that in those years (1967-1968) were happening in Europe. This film was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Social problems reflected it In Celebration and Britannia Hospital. Finally, he/she ended his film career with a serene literary adaptation, the whales of August, which highlighted the interpretations of two veterans of the film, Bette Davis and Lillian Gish.

The cinema of Anderson, far from moving in the margins of conservatism, has led applause and rejects found even in his own country, but those who have followed their short creative path always expressed the power and wealth of his images that allow the analysis of the environment in which your life has developed.


Documental:1948: Meet the Pioneers.1949: Idlers That Work.1952: Three Installations.1953: Wakefield Express; Wednesday's Children. 1954: or Dreamland; Trunk Conveyor. 1955: Foot and Mouth. 1957: Every Day Except Christmas.

Largometraje:1963: the naive salvaje.1968: If...1973: A lucky man. 1975: In Celebration. 1982: Britannia Hospital.1987: the whales of August.