THE WHALES OF AUGUST
1987, Alive Films, 90 min, USA, Dir: Lindsay Anderson

Bette Davis joins another screen legend, Lillian Gish, for this lovely tale of two sisters spending the summer, as they have for 60 years, on a picturesque island off the coast of Maine. Anderson displays a deep love for Hollywood's past, casting not only Davis and Gish but veterans Vincent Price, Harry Carey Jr., and Ann Sothern, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role. A profound meditation on aging, this is perhaps the best of Davis' later films, and won Lillian Gish the Best Actress award from the National Board of Review.


O LUCKY MAN!
1973, Warner Bros., 178 min, UK, Dir: Lindsay Anderson

This incredible surrealistic allegory is a stunning sequel to IF..., following the adventures of Travis (Malcolm McDowell) as he seeks his fortune navigating an untamed frontier of nuclear-plant meltdowns, experimental genetics clinics and Swinging London. With Rachel Roberts, Ralph Richardson, Helen Mirren and Alan Price.


IF ...
1968, Paramount, 111 min, UK, Dir: Lindsay Anderson

More than any other film of the era, IF... perfectly represents the international spirit of youthful rebellion in the late ’60s, establishing a balance between broader, pop culture movies like WILD IN THE STREETS and Jean-Luc Godard's apocalyptic WEEKEND. Boarding school student Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is one of the great screen outsiders, a poetic rebel individualist and sensitive wild man; McDowell, director Anderson and writer David Sherwin imbue him with an emotional honesty and intellectual depth rarely seen in films about youth.


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