Never Apologise: The Collected Writings of Lindsay Anderson

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These pieces, collected in book form for the first time, represent some of the most honest and outspoken criticism on the arts of stage and screen, and their relevance to modern life. Anderson on England (he was a Scot), Anderson on Ford, Chaplin and Welles, on Jennings and Carol Reed, Anderson on working with Storey, Gielgud and Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Bette Davis and Lillian Gish and, most illuminatingly of all, Anderson on Anderson.
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Overview

These pieces, collected in book form for the first time, represent some of the most honest and outspoken criticism on the arts of stage and screen, and their relevance to modern life. Anderson on England (he was a Scot), Anderson on Ford, Chaplin and Welles, on Jennings and Carol Reed, Anderson on working with Storey, Gielgud and Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Bette Davis and Lillian Gish and, most illuminatingly of all, Anderson on Anderson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859653176
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/30/2003
  • Pages: 628
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : a revolutionary soldier 1
My country right or wrong? 33
A child of empire 35
Sequence 41
Starting in films 50
The value of an Oscar 56
Finding a style 59
Commercials and television 61
Bernard Miles 63
Notes from Sherwood 66
Every day except Christmas 70
Free cinema 73
The court style 78
Glory days 83
Sport, life and art 90
Roberto Gerhard and the music for This sporting life 99
The singing lesson 102
The white bus 105
How If .... came about 108
School to screen 112
If .... the colour of monochrome 116
Notes for a preface 120
In celebration 124
O lucky man! 126
Stripping the veils away 129
The old crowd 137
Britannia hospital 148
Wham! in China 158
The whales of August 162
Lillian and Bette : Bette and Lillian 165
Bette Davis 169
Glory! glory! 170
35 days in Toronto 172
The long night of the Russian Canape 180
Is that all there is? 184
Angles of approach 189
Creative elements 194
The director's cinema? 200
The film artist - freedom and responsibility! 210
The cinema is ... 215
Stand up! stand up! 218
Get out and push! 233
French critical writing 252
Positif and Cahiers du Cinema 255
Catholicism and the cinema 257
David Robinson 260
Dilys Powell and C. A. Lejeune 263
Taking them all in : Pauline Kael 265
Too much : art and society in the sixties 268
Critical betrayal 271
Vital theatre 281
Replying to critics 286
Pre-Renaissance : is the left going in the right direction? 289
No nonsense about Shakespeare 297
The playboy in Edinburgh 299
A French hamlet 301
At the court of King George 303
Jocelyn Herbert 308
Tony Richardson 311
John Dexter 315
John Osborne 319
Jill Bennett 322
Rachel Roberts 323
John Haynes 325
John Gielgud 330
David Storey 332
A possible solution 336
British cinema : the descending spiral 340
The studio that begs to differ 347
Going it alone : the British documentarists 353
Only connect : some aspects of the work of Humphrey Jennings 358
Postscript to 'only connect' 365
Lucky Jim 367
The films of Carol Reed 369
A prophet without honour 374
A matter of life and death : Michael Powell 377
Recollections of a full life : Bryan Forbes 380
The short flight of a golden bird 382
Bill Douglas 385
The lost past of British cinema 386
The lights that failed 387
British cinema : the historical imperative 390
Inventing Hollywood 400
Charlie Chaplin 404
Mary Pickford 408
The films of Alfred Hitchcock 410
Return of the prodigal : Von Stroheim 421
Garbo and Shearer 424
Shirley Temple 428
Mary Astor 431
Katharine Hepburn 436
George Cukor 439
David O. Selznick 441
Meeting in Dublin with John Ford : The quiet man 444
They were expendable and John Ford 452
Last meeting : palm desert 465
The Hustons 469
Orson Welles 472
Joseph Losey 477
Nicholas Ray 479
Don Siegel 481
Martin Scorsese 483
Behind the mask of innocence : Kevin Brownlow 485
The birth of a nation 487
Louisiana story 489
Guys and dolls, A hill in Korea and Smiles of a summer night 491
The big heat 493
Them! 494
Giant 495
The girl can't help it 497
Minnelli, Kelly and An American in Paris 498
Science fiction movies 503
The last sequence of On the waterfront 505
Hooray for Hollywood 512
Hype vs. old lies 517
Sergei Eisenstein 522
Theoretical writings of Eisenstein 526
Kozintsev's Lear 529
L'Atalante, the forgotten masterpiece 530
Leni Riefenstahl 533
Encounter with Prevert 535
Bergman's reticent confessional 537
Satyajit Ray, commitment to humanity 539
Roman Polanski 542
Paisa 546
Sciuscia 548
Casque d'Or 549
Madame de ... 554
The adventures of Robinson Crusoe 556
La Terra Trema and Baby doll 558
A generation and Bridge on the River Kwai 560
Three to cheer for 562
Cannes 1955 570
Cannes for the tenth time 575
Two inches off the ground 578
Commitment in a cold climate 583
App The theatre we deserve 590
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