Strange Bedfellows: Lindsay Anderson and Chariots of Fire
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Book chapter
In 1986, Thames Television broadcast a series of programmes on British cinema. In one of them, dedicated to the Free Cinema documentary movement of the 1950s, and the new wave of films it triggered in Britain in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s (particularly Anderson’s own), Lindsay Anderson took the opportunity to ridicule the prominent box office and Academy Award success of Chariots of Fire, which premiered in Britain at the Royal Film Performance of May 1981. His ironic remarks pertained particularly to the film’s producer, David Puttnam, who clearly represented for Anderson what was bad about the current state of British cinema: its blatant commercialism, its aim for success in the American market, and its greedy yearning for Oscars. The claims that Anderson made in the programme even prompted legal action on Puttnam’s part. I have studied this TV programme in some detail elsewhere. Here, however, I would like to trace the personal background for Anderson lurking behind it by studying whatever contemporary references to Chariots of Fire itself—not the TV programme, which is also lavishly represented in the collection—can be found in the Lindsay Anderson Archive at the University of Stirling.
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Title of host publication||Lindsay Anderson Revisited|
|Subtitle of host publication||Unknown Aspects of a Film Director|
|Editors||Erik Hedling, Christophe Dupin|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
Related research output
Erik Hedling (ed.) & Christophe Dupin (ed.), 2016, London: Palgrave Macmillan. 227 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Anthology (editor)