Is That All There Is? (1993)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 54 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This quirky British film is the self-portrait of director Lindsay Anderson. It is part of "The Director's Place" series that is sponsored by the BBC Scotland and represents several self-portraits of popular directors. The film, set within the director's north London apartment, begins with a quote from the Cinema Manifesto of 1956: "Perfection is not an aim." In his apartment, Anderson is visited by his peers and friends who come to talk about life, their work, and socio-political concerns. A typical day for Anderson is chronicled. He is seen getting up, taking a leisurely bath surrounded by ideas for his movies, seeing visitors, and using his pensioner's travel pass to utilize public transportation (Anderson is in his '70s). The film's climax is a boat ride on the Thames where the ashes of actresses Jill Bennet and Rachel Roberts are finally cast upon the waters.

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director, slice-of-life