Director: Lindsay Anderson

1968, UK, 111 minutes, Digital, R

Language: English

Presented by: John's Hopkins University

Cast: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Program Notes

1968 on Film

In conjunction with John’s Hopkins University, The SNF Parkway Theater is proud to present the 1968 on Film Series. This series presents some landmark films from 1968, in company with a few that paved the way and others that look back with admiration, nostalgia, and regret for what we gained and what we lost in that transformative year.

Lindsay Anderson’s If…. is a daringly anarchic vision of British society, set in a boarding school in late-sixties England. Before Kubrick made his mischief iconic in A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell made a hell of an impression as the insouciant Mick Travis, who, along with his school chums, trumps authority at every turn, finally emerging as a violent savior in the vicious games of one-upmanship played by both students and masters. Mixing color and black and white as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, If…. remains one of cinema’s most unforgettable rebel yells.

4.5/5 Stars: “If…. is so good and strong that even those things in the movie that strike me as being first-class mistakes are of more interest than entire movies made by smoothly consistent, lesser directors.” — Vincent Canby, The New York Times