By EW Staff
Updated September 16, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

Director Lindsay Anderson, who died of a heart attack Aug. 30 at age 71, was one of the liberators of England’s cinema. British films had been bound by a tradition that eschewed individuality until Young Turks like Anderson, Karel Reisz, and Tony Richardson combined the vitality of their country’s theatrical angry-young-man movement with the poetics of American directors. Three of Anderson’s finest:

* This Sporting Life (1963, Paramount) The story of a former coal miner’s rise in the world of rugby provided a defining role for Richard Harris. A- * if (1968, Paramount) Combining innovative technique with corrosive humor, this indictment of English boarding school verities features a young Malcolm McDowell. A * The Whales of August (1987, New Line) This quietly elegiac tale brings together Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, and Vincent Price. A-GK