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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
1934121606
Branch Call Number: DVD If

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Calvacade
Oct 03, 2020

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 1960s. 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 1960s and the 1970s then by all means you should see this.

This is a magnificent, satirical, subversive study of British public school education. with students who plot revolution, maybe. Take note of the incredible rot the headmaster talks to his posse, and how he keeps the padre in a drawer, so he can roll him out when he's needed. Beware of prints with the nudity cut! On release it was X-rated.

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brad53b
Aug 01, 2019

I believe I first saw this film in either 1976 or 1977 and I believe I saw it at cinematheques 16 which used to be in the basement of the old art gallery in Edmonton Alberta. Does anybody remember cinematheques 16? That place was at the beginning of my real film education. I might have also seen Lindsay Anderson’s This Sporting Life there as well. Time does tend to be blur the memory. Anyway, I found it to be a deeply affecting film and was not bothered, as so many reviewer’s seem to be, by the transitioning from black to white to colour and back again. It has a tremendous story and never lets you forget you are watching a movie not a faux documentary. The film transfer to DVD is impeccable and looks terrific. Anyone who is a fan of Lindsay Anderson and has followed his canon of films can see how this film fits into his philosophy. As a sidebar, I just recently watched the 1965 film The Hill by Sidney Lumet, which I hadn’t seen for over 30 years, and was reminded that the attitudes of the guards that were prevalent in the British army prison dovetailed so neatly with the prefects in this film. School as prison and prison as school. People tend to learn whatever they are taught. Except for those who refuse to learn.

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VonHafenstaaad
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.

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akirakato
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!

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Nursebob
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.

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princeofdarkness
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.

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merrimoles
Dec 30, 2014

@peteman125
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.

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