Have to drop another two pennies for Lindsay Anderson, one of the most important British directors. Why Cahier du Cinema kept ‘if….’
off their top one-hundred is beyond me, especially considering how it resonated with the events of May ’68 in Paris.
Anderson’s output is small, but there’s no junk in his filmography (even the abortive video material for Wham! in the 1980’s is unusual).
This Sporting Life
O’ Lucky Man!
The Whales of August
100 films is just a drop in the bucket. But my favorite Lindsay Anderson film is O Lucky Man!
True about the hundred films. But Cahiers did not have a single British film on their list this year, not even The Third Man or Lawrence of Arabia.
O’ Lucky Man! is great, it’s also interesting to watch the ‘trilogy’ as a whole. Should also mention Anderson’s wonderful little autobiographical film ‘Is That All There Is?’
Also, Malcolm McDowell’s one man show ‘Never Apologize’ (about his relationship with Anderson) is also interesting.
The sole conception of a 100 hundred movie list is plain ridiculous. What is the point of making this kind of list? Let’s celebrate cinema, enjoy the pure magic of the moving image and never give a damn about this inevitably incomplete (and mostly absurd) lists.
If one film critic (whatever that means), make a choice of films, the resulting list its a reflection of his personal history. I did grow as a cinephiliac not on a classroom, but in ruined second or third run cinemas, therfore, my choices are very dissimilar from a “cult” list.
Anyway, Brittania Hospital and If.. rulez !!!
Sorry about any misspelling, i’m not very fluent in english.
I thought I’d rescue this neglected thread as Lindsay Anderson is one of my fave directors. I love “If…” as it gives the truest picture of life at an English boys public school in the 50s/60s I have ever seen, rampant homosexuality and all.(A note for our yankee chums: public school means expensive private school in American.)
And of course, Cahiers is a French organisation, so they tend to favour French films. Just as American and British film fans tend to favour American and British films respectively. Can’t imagine why.