207 Great Directors: Lindsay Anderson

“I suppose I’m the boy who stood on the burning deck whence all about he had fled. The trouble is I don’t know whether the boy was a hero or a bloody idiot.”

What Got This Director Here?
: If…

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.

What Did I Watch: If…

Where Does He Fit: If… happily improves as it goes along, with an opening twenty minutes that serve as the driest possible introduction to the school and with way too much use of the black and white that Lindsay Anderson deploys pretty randomly…although it’s so justified during the bit when the younger boy and the older one are looking at each other in the gym, or Malcolm McDowell and his friend have fallen in love with a girl, that I wind up getting swept up, especially when it gets very drily routine…until that climax, a truly impressive bout of surrealism and commentary that feels like the tension rope has finally snapped.


Most Valuable Asset: Britain is awful.
Most Excited For: O Lucky Man.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Undecided.

Coming Up Next: Fred Zinneman, two time BP winner.


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