IF . . . . (Lindsay Anderson, 1968)

A great work that launched a remarkable trilogy, If . . . . examines the culture in a British boys’ public school—what in the States would be called a private school—dedicated to training social and cultural leaders and the political leaders of tomorrow. It’s a work that seamlessly blends naturalism and fantasy, realism and surrealism, […]

BRITANNIA HOSPITAL (Lindsay Anderson, 1982)

The completion of Lindsay Anderson’s satirical trilogy about the state of Britain, Britannia Hospital is the series’ masterpiece. Fiercely funny, darkly prophetic, it’s an ingenious transmutation of the finest English Romantic novel, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. (Indeed, it’s the only one of the book’s numerous film adaptations to qualify as a resonant […]