MALCOLM McDOWELL

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"But of course he's not really gone,
'cause the movies are there
and so are the memories."

The Colleagues

Bette DavisBette Davis – Arguably the greatest actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age: Of Human Bondage; Jezebel; Dangerous; Now, Voyager; Dark Victory; The Little Foxes; The Letter; The Star; All About Eve; Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?; Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte; The Whales of August. In signing an All About Eve poster, she changed her signature line from that film to read, “It’s Always a Bumpy Night!”
John FordJohn Ford – The poet of the cinema and the subject of Encountering John Ford, Lindsay Anderson’s analysis of his favorite director. Ford’s films: The Informer, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man –all Best Director Oscar-winners. Also, Arrowsmith, Young Mr. Lincoln, My Darling Clementine, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Mogambo, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, They Were Expendable (Anderson’s favorite) – and over 100 other titles.
"There are many great directors.
Very Few poets.
John Ford was both."
John GielgudSir John Gielgud – Along with Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and Michael Redgrave, Gielud was one of the four acting knights who made their mark on stage and film for five decades. Gielgud and Richardson scored a resounding success in Lindsay Anderson’s production of David Storey’s Home in London and on Broadway, and later acted with Anderson as one of the Oxford dons in Hugh Hudson’s Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire. The winner of every stage and film award, he appeared with McDowell in the notorious Caligula.
Lillian GishLillian Gish – The First Lady of Film: The Birth of a Nation, Orphans of the Storm, Way Down East, Intolerance, Romola, Broken Blossoms, The Wind, The Scarlet Letter, The White Sister, Duel In the Sun, Night of the Hunter, A Wedding, The Whales of August. Gish’s favorite leading man was John Gielgud. She played ‘Ophelia’ to his “Hamlet’ in their legendary 1933 Broadway production.
"When you're acting, you have to be aware of
every single facet of your face."
Sir Richard HarrisSir Richard Harris - Disappointed at not being able to become a professional rugby player because of an early bout with tuberculosis, Harris achieved stardom as the tough, ambitious, angry young rugby athlete in This Sporting Life, winning an Oscar nomination and the Best Actor prize at Cannes. The collaboration with Anderson seemed destined for further accomplishments, including a film of J.P. Donleavy’s The Ginger Man, which Harris played to great acclaim in London, but his fiery temperament and Anderson’s turbulent feelings wouldn’t jell. Harris went on to star in: Camelot, Hawaii, Gladiator, Unforgiven, A Man Called Horse and its sequels, the first two Harry Potters and The Field (his second Oscar nomination).

Jocelyn HerbertJocelyn Herbert – Theatrical production designer who revolutionized the look of the British stage with her elegant simplicity and a spare poetic aesthetic that respected the work of writers and directors. At the Royal Court Theater, headed by George Devine, their visionary productions included plays by Ionesco, Osborne, Arnold Wesker, and Samuel Beckett, who became her closest friend in England . Despite their confrontations, she was one of Anderson’s key artistic collaborators and sounding boards, designing nearly all of his stage and screen works. She also worked extensively with Tony Richardson (Tom Jones), John Dexter (Mahagonny) and Karel Reisz (Isadora) in theater, film and opera. An imposing figure and a bastion of integrity, she was the daughter of noted British writer and humorist, Sir A.J. Herbert. At an academic seminar about Greek drama held at the Getty, she was introduced as “the one person who knew the proper way of designing Greek theater.” Jocelyn, then 84, responded, “There isn’t a proper way of designing Greek theatre, just as there isn’t a proper way of making love.”

"Look Malcolm, if you want to do another film with me,
then you're going to have to write it."
The OliviersThe Oliviers. Laurence Olivier was universally hailed as “the world’s greatest actor.” McDowell starred with Olivier, Alan Bates and Helen Mirren in Michael Apted’s television film of Harold Pinter’s The Collection. McDowell: “Larry in full force made my hair stand on end.” Although Anderson never worked with Olivier, he admired Lady Olivier, Joan Plowright, who starred in his Atlantic Repertory season of the The Seagull and The Bed Before Yesterday, and as union boss “Phyllis Grimshaw” in his satiric, Britannia Hospital.” Her Tony-award winning performance in “A Taste of Honey” was followed by her film work in The Entertainer, Equus, Enchanted April, Tea with Mussolini and currently, Mrs. Palfry at the Claremont.
 
Alan PriceAlan Price – The versatile Yorkshire rock’n roll star, singersongwriter and film and theater composer became a member of Anderson’s creative circle with O Lucky Man! in which Price performed his song score on screen, as both a character and a Greek chorus commenting on McDowell’s epic adventures. The keyboardist and arranger of the legendary rock group “The Animals,” Price’s hits with the group, with his own band and with the equally talented Georgie Fame, include: “The House of the Rising Sun,” “I Put A Spell On You,” “Rosetta,” “Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear,” and “The Jarrow Song,” from his seminal album, “Between Today and Yesterday.” Price composed the music for Anderson’s theatre productions, beginning with Home, and the scores to Britannia Hospital, The Whales Of August and Is That All There Is?, Anderson’s biographical documentary.

"For God's sake Rachel, pull yourself together,
you look like a bald porcupine!"
Rachel RobertsRachel Roberts – The volatile Welsh actress came to international prominence for her searing performance in Anderson’s This Sporting Life, for which she was Oscar- nominated as Best Actress. She won her second British Academy Award as “Mrs. Hammond,” having previously been honored for Karel Reisz’ Saturday Night And Sunday Morning. One of Lindsay’s close friends through much of her stormy life, she also was a major character in O Lucky Man!, Britannia Hospital and his controversial television play, The Old Crowd, written by Alan Bennett. She starred in A Flea In Her Ear, when married to Rex Harrison, Murder on the Orient Express, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Clive Donner’s Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen and received a third BAFTA for Supporting Actress for John Schlesinger’s Yanks. Her friends were devasted to learn she committed suicide at age 53.
David SherwinDavid Sherwin – Screenwriter of Anderson’s trilogy of British culture – IF…, O Lucky Man! and Britannia Hospital and uncredited writer on Schlesinger’s Sunday, Bloody Sunday. His often hilarious memoir, “Going Mad In Hollywood,” largely recounts his working relationship with Lindsay. Current project: a stage musical of O Lucky Man! which he is adapting with Alan Price.
"Wouldn't it be kind of fantastic, if, you know, we'd cut,
we're on the floor rolling around and we're naked?"
He looked at me and said, "You ask her."
David StoreyDavid Storey - Major British playwright and author whose works include Home, with Gielgud & Richardson, Life Class with Alan Bates, In Celebration with Bates and then McDowell, The Changing Room, The Contractor, The Farm, Early Days. His nine plays directed by Lindsay Anderson represent one of the most artistically successful writer-director collaborations of 20th Century theater. Anderson’s first feature film, This Sporting Life, was adapted by Storey from his novel to international acclaim.
Ben Travers – British playwright most famous for his farces, especially the 9 Aldwych Theatre farces of the 1920s and ’30s, including “Rookery Nook,” “A Cuokoo In the Nest,” and “Banana Ridge,” all of which were filmed. In 1975, at age 86, he wrote “The Bed Before Yesterday,” his first romantic farce in many years. Lindsay Anderson directed the comedy about a sexually aroused widow to great success in a repertory arrangement with his splendid production of “The Seagull.” The cast for both plays included Helen Mirren and Joan Plowright. Lindsay rose to the occasion at the famous critics’ luncheon for Travers on his 93rd birthday.
"So I smooch over and introduce myself to
Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda.
I didn't know who the hell they were. "
"What..what is that you're smoking? WOW! That's rather good."

At the Luncheon

Sir Alan BatesSir Alan Bates – Inspired British actor who was equally adept at comedy or drama, on stage or screen. With Malcolm McDowell: Royal Flash; Pinter’s The Collection. For Lindsay Anderson: In Celebration, Life Class, Britannia Hospital. For John Schlesinger: A Kind Of Loving (his first starring role), Far From The Madding Crowd, An Englishman Abroad. For Clive Donner: The Caretaker, Nothing But the Best. In addition: Women in Love, Zorba the Greek, Georgy Girl, An Unmarried Woman, The Fixer, The Rose, The Go-Between, Mike Hodges’ A Prayer for the Dying, Robert Altman’s Gosford Park.
Clive DonnerClive Donner – The luncheon host. Stylish British director of: What’s New, Pussycat? (Woody Allen’s first screenplay); The Caretaker by Harold Pinter; Nothing But the Best, with Alan Bates in one of his key roles, and Rogue Male, with Peter O’Toole, rediscovered at The Telluride Film Festival. Alistair Cooke cited Donner’s film of A Christmas Carol starring George C. Scott, as the best film of the Dickens classic, having seen every version since the 1900’s. Donner directed McDowell in two television films: Arthur the King and She Fell Among Thieves, from the novel by Dornford Yates.
Noel Davis – One of England’s top casting directors and a former actor. Among his credits: Reds, The Krays, Ishtar, Revolution, Return of the Soldier. For John Schlesinger: Yanks, Madame Sousatzka, An Englishman Abroad, Cold Comfort Farm. For Clive Donner: A Chrstmas Carol.
"I can tell you now that I have never in my professional career been happier than that moment. Even CLOCKWORK ORANGE and all the rest paled compared to the first one.
It was a magical moment."
FizzEleanor Fazan, “Fizz” – Charming, sophisticated stage and film choreographer who taught dance to most of England’s artistic notables. She recently choreographed Mrs. Henderson Presents, directed by Stephen Frears, a long time associate of Anderson’s and his first assistant on IF… Among her numerous credits are Oh, What a Lovely War, The Ruling Class, Mountains of the Moon, King David and various films by Lindsay Anderson, John Schlesinger and Clive Donner, who all counted her a dear friend. She acted in O Lucky Man! and choreographed Beyond The Fringe on stage.
Jocelyn RickardsJocelyn Rickards – The luncheon hostess. Australian-born painter and inventive costume designer of Antonioni’s Blow-Up, David Lean’s Ryan’s Daughter, John Schlesinger’s Sunday, Bloody Sunday, as well as The Knack, Morgan and From Russia, With Love. She married Clive Donner after designing his under-rated epic, Alfred the Great, and they worked together on several projects during their long marriage. A provocative wit, her celebrated relationships with Graham Greene, John Osborne and other prominent figures are recounted in her entertaining, outspoken memoir, “The Painted Banquet.”
John SchlesingerJohn Schlesinger – Noted film director who began his career as one of the key figures of the British new wave along with Free Cinema founders Lindsay Anderson, Tony Richardson and Karel Reisz. He became world famous after Darling and the Oscarwinning Midnight Cowboy, for which he also won the award for Best Director. An inevitable tension existed between Schlesinger and Anderson, who felt the quality of his early work (Billy Liar, A Time For Loving) was compromised ”when he went ‘Hollywood’,” while Schelsinger felt Anderson much too selective in his film choices. Schlesinger’s talent remained in evidence in Sunday, Bloody Sunday, with Peter Finch and Glenda Jackson and An Englishman Abroad, with Alan Bates as double agent Guy Burgess.
Mary SteenburgenMary Steenburgen – Mary tap-danced her way to movie fame and an Academy Award as “Lynda Dummar” in Jonathan Demme’s Melvin and Howard. She starred with Malcolm McDowell in the romantic fantasy Time After Time and after they were married, made her stage debut opposite him in Lindsay Anderson’s production of Holiday at London’s Old Vic. Her natural talent has graced Ragtime, Parenthood, Goin’ South, , Philadelphia, Nixon, Elf, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Miss Firecracker, The Sunshine State, The Whales of August (as the young “Sarah,” played by Lillian Gish). On television, she starred in the hit series, “Joan of Arcadia.” She is married to Ted Danson and the mother of Lily and Charlie McDowell.
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