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 violent savior against the draconian games of one-upmanship played by both students and the powers that be. Mixing color and black and white as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, If…. remains one of cinema’s most unforgettable rebel yells. —The Criterion Collection
Lindsay Gordon Anderson (17 April 1923 – 30 August 1994) was an Indian-born English feature film, theatre and documentary director, film critic, and leading light of the Free Cinema movement and the British New Wave. He is most widely remembered for his 1968 film if…., which won the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival.
Of English and Scottish descent, Anderson was the son of a British Army officer. he was born in Bangalore, South India, and educated at the independent Saint Ronan’s School in Worthing, West Sussex (before 1974 simply known as Sussex), and at Cheltenham College in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, where he met his lifelong friend and biographer, the screenwriter and novelist Gavin Lambert; Wadham College, Oxford, where he studied classics; and Magdalen College, Oxford where he studied English literature.
After graduating, Anderson worked for the final year of World War II as a cryptographer for the Intelligence Corps, at the Wireless Experimental Centre in Delhi… read more
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This Palme d’Or winner has a lot going for it in the way of performances, sequences, and ideas. Its view of hierarchies and repression—and the way that repression finds an outlet—remains fascinating… read review
who can resist a film about england’s society told at a very satirical way from the angle of a life at a certain dormitory school? if you say no to that, then it’s your loss; because if…. is a revolutionary… read review
I expected so much, but now all i can say is that this movie is totally overrated. Yeah yeah, it’s a mixture of reality and illusion, a critic of the english higher class, it deals with homoeroticism… read review