DVD - 2007
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In late 1960s England, Mick Travis and his school chums trump authority at every turn at their boarding school. He finally emerges as a violent savior against the draconian games of one-upmanship played by both students and the powers that be.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, 2007
Edition: Special edition widescreen
Description: 2 videodiscs (112 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781934121603
Branch Call Number: DVD If


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Dec 12, 2018

A mix of naturalism, surrealism, pitch-dark humor and social commentary in an examination of life in an upper class U.K. boarding school in the late 1960's. Terrific acting, and some unforgettable moments and visuals.
A very good, historically important and influential film. If you like the challenging, unorthodox, complex movies that were a staple of the late 1960's and the 1970's then by all means you should see this.

Dec 12, 2018

Produced and directed by Lindsay Anderson in 1968, this British drama delves into the world of a fictitious boys' boarding school in England.
On Founders' Day, when parents are visiting the school, the group starts a fire under the hall, smoking everyone out of the building, where they open fire on them from the rooftop.
Out of the blue, the waitress joins the group.
Probably, the protagonist (Mick) has befriended her, but this really puzzles me.
In any case, this incident appears as a black comedy---far from reality.
Before this incident, Mrs. Kemp (housemaster's wife) walks along the hallway in the buff showing off her frontal nude and visits boys' washroom.
Why does she do it?
I'm dumbfounded.
Wnat a good example of bad editing!

Jul 04, 2018

Truly one of the quintessential counterculture movies to come out of the 60s with a message that has not dimmed over the years. Using a proper English boarding school as an allegory for a fascist state works amazingly well and the absurd ending only serves to heighten the film's sense of moral outrage and chaos. Very well done.

IF.... needs to be classed right up there with EASY RIDER and ZABRISKIE POINT as a seminal film of the 1960s cultural revolution. Winner of the 1969 Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or, IF.... tells the tale of a rebellion at an English public school, an institution the film depicts as sadistically violent, homoerotic, militaristic, all painted over by a coat of religion and nationalism. The performances are as good as flawless. Malcolm McDowell equals what he was to accomplish a few years later in Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. The real treat for me though is the look of the film; watch it and it is as if you are living in 1968 -- the cinematography of Miroslav Ondrícek is that pristine.

Sep 30, 2016

A hodgepodge of satire, nostalgia and fantasy. You'll either be willing to take this as it's presented or not. Some nice moments here and there, coupled with a few unsubtle touches. The timeliness of the social commentary was seemingly coincidental and has lost some of its bite as years have past. Although some characterizations are in broad strokes, others have depth not readily apparent. It's worth watching, but maybe not worth remembering.

KittyMoonshine Oct 10, 2015

Malcolm is an amazing actor and he delivers in this film. For the time it was quite controversial, but I am not sure all of the film holds up for today. Never-the-less, it is a good film that exploits the absurdity of the British public school system of the time.

Dec 30, 2014

The authors of these 'clueless' reviews are probably not British. I can understand non-Brits having difficulty with this movie. Brits of a certain vintage, even if they didn't attend a public (i.e. private) school will immediately identify.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Sneaky, subversive fun...the perfect representation of its era. What begins as a naturalistic look at the absurd culture of the British Public School, turns into total, clanging absurdism by the end of the picture. And the journey getting there is cheeky and skillfull. McDowell is such a potent presence that one immediately understands why Kubrick cast him later as his Alex. Well done, chaps!

Ozzy1948 Nov 08, 2014

A brilliant satire. Lindsay Anderson's indictment of the British public school system. Any "Old Boy" who attended a fee-paying boarding school prior to 1968 should watch this film.
Until the late 1960s the public school culture was rooted in the finest traditions of "fagging", where the youngest boys were basically the slaves of the prefect elite, and "flogging" or corporal punishment where prefects and masters could flog the boys for the least breach of rules or conduct. This film has an air of authenticity to anyone who went through those times, and it fairly accurately portrays the attitudes of some masters and prefects. It also shows a glimpse of public school life, including cadets and military training, the morning ice-cold showers and the brutal canings. Ironically, Lindsay Anderson filmed many scenes of the movie at his old school.
Not for the faint-of-heart, but a terrific 1960s counter-culture film.

peteman125 Sep 12, 2013

Lindsay Andeson's brilliant surrealistic meditation on rebellion and nonconformity. Malcolm McDowell is great and the use of music is superb. Pay no attention to some of these other clueless reviews.

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