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Never Apologise: The Collected Writings of Lindsay Anderson Hardcover – 1 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd (Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085965317X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859653176
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 5.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Lindsay Anderson has been dead for nearly twenty years - isn't it about time people stopped taking this old fraud so very seriously? Paul Ryan, the editor of this collection of Anderson's writings about film, theatre and the state of Britain, seems very anxious that we revere him, but he makes it impossible to do so. These outpourings, dating from the 1940s to the year of Anderson's sudden death (1994), are relentlessly arrogant and egocentric, contemptuous rather than actually angry, repeatedly self-contradictory and endlessly self-serving. No-one is ever allowed to disagree with Anderson, even on minor points, and given that he's hardly the most sophisticated of film critics - once a "Sight And Sound" hack, it would seem, always a "Sight And Sound" hack - this is very annoying. How tiresome John Ford must have found him! There are some extraordinary statements - Charlie Chaplin was apparently "not an actor", Ingmar Bergman's "Smiles Of a Summer Night" is merely "heavily frolicsome", as if it were a Doris Day comedy - and a massive amount of condescension, but there is also a lot of embarrassing silliness. Who would have thought this Red Flag tough guy would be so unctuous about Shirley Temple or Mary Pickford, so gushing about the blatantly incompetent Tony Richardson? The really upsetting thing is, Anderson was a very good film director. He made only a handful of feature films, but they're all impressive and exciting, and have stood the test of time well. The message would appear to be: Never Trust The Artist, Trust The Tale. Spend your money on DVDs of Anderson's movies, not on this annoying omnibus volume of hypocritical and self-advertising blather.
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This is an excellent collection of Lindsay Anderson's writing on theatre and film. It offers great insights into his days at the Royal Court Theatre and his work with playwrights such as David Storey, John Osborne or John Arden. It also charts the evolution of his truly great films, such as This Sporting life, If and O, Lucky Man, all of which are masterpieces. For lovers of theatre and film, this is indispensable reading. The writing is distinguished by Lindsay's great intelligence and anarchic spirit and yet tempered by his humanity.
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