Directed by Lindsay Anderson • 1969 • United Kingdom
Starring Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick
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 a violent savior in the vicious games of one-upmanship played by both students and masters. Mixing color and black and white as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, IF…. remains one of cinema’s most unforgettable rebel yells.