If …

If …
  • 1968
  • UK
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
  • Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Richard Warwick, Christine Noonan, David Wood, Robert Swann, Peter Jeffrey
  • Language: English, Latin

On the face of it, the story of a student-led rebellion in an English public school might be taken as a metaphor for the profound social change that had gone on in the 60s, but there's a much broader attack on bourgeois values going on, and the relevance of the piece to today's political culture remains entirely undiminished. 'If … ' is also notable for its narrational experiment with flashback, monochrome and inversion of the audience's rational expectation. Add to that an outstanding performance by Malcolm McDowell, and it's a cult classic and a masterpiece.

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