1968 ON FILM: If…

In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.
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Director: Lindsay Anderson

Presented by: Johns Hopkins University Film & Media Studies Program and The Parkway Theatre

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick

 

1968, UK, 111 minutes, Digital, R

Language: English

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Program Notes

About the 1968 ON FILM series:

1968, a year of global protest and revolution, galvanized audiences for movies that reflected their changing world. The film-makers of the era rose to that challenge, producing remarkable documents of the times that upended cinematic traditions with bold new forms and innovative content. 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.

Presented by the Johns Hopkins Film and Media Studies Program.


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


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