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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
8.00 /10
 
Starring
Malcolm McDowell (pictured), David Wood, Richard Warwick
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Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
Written by: David Sherwin

 
 
 
Released: 1969
   
Genre: DRAMA
RITES-OF-PASSAGE
   
Origin: GB
   
Length: 111
 
 


 

Schoolboys rebel against the authoritarianism of an English public school.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Heavily influenced by Jean Vigo's Zero for Conduct, Lindsay Anderson's film is a high point of 60s cinema. The changes from colour to monochrome, and naturalism to surrealism, are distracting, and the politics are simplistic; but the film caught the 60s spirit of revolt like no other. I particularly enjoyed it, since although If... was filmed elsewhere the school being satirized was very recognizably Tonbridge, which both David Sherwin and I attended. The school is, of course, intended as a symbol of Britain itself. Anderson continued his allegorical satires upon British society with two further films, O Lucky Man! and Britannia Hospital.

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