a personal visit with Lindsay Anderson
The title is acknowledged as deriving ultimately from She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.
Anderson, remembered and evoked and read by Malcolm McDowell with an air of informality, quotes Browning after he directed Lillian Gish and Bette Davis in The Whales of August, “ah, did you once see Shelley plain?”
Many humorous anecdotes, great fun even away from Anderson (Gielgud on the Caligula set, in connection with Home). Written accounts by Anderson, David Sherwin, David Storey, read from the lectern (there is also a table and chair and Union Jack), Anderson’s story of visiting John Ford at home in Palm Desert is quite remarkable, so is McDowell’s reminiscence of Rachel Roberts at Cannes.
A showbiz memoir turned to art by an actor of genius.