Legendary director Lindsay Anderson expanded on the social outrage and intense character focus of his debut This Sporting Life with this combustible tale of teenage insurrection. Winner of the 1969 Palme d'Or at Cannes If... was a popular triumph and instantly recognised as a classic. A caustic portrait of a traditional boys' boarding school where social hierarchy reigns supreme and power remains in the hands of distanced and ineffectual teachers and callously vicious prefects. But three junior pupils led by Mick Travis (played by Malcolm McDowell in the role that... would catapult him to becoming one of Britain's most iconic actors) decide on a shocking course of action to redress the balance of privilege once and for all. Packed to bursting with its director's customary passion and experimentation If... remains one of cinema's quintessential tales of rebellion a radical snapshot of late 60s' change and one of the towering achievements of British film in any era. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this masterpiece in a new Blu-ray edition. Special Features: New 1080p high-definition restoration More on-disc extras to be announced closer to release! 36-page booklet with a new essay vintage stills and more! [show more]
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Allegorical drama from director Lindsay Anderson in which a group of non-conformist students lead a revolt against their oppressive masters at an English private school. Parallels are drawn in the film between the bullying, inflexible and snobbish approach of the schoolmasters to their pupils, led by the rebellious Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell), and the dysfunction and injustice of the British class system at large. As Mick and his gang of cohorts indulge in acts of petty disobedience, such as heading into town to try and seduce a local waitress, the school's acts of retribution, led by Rowntree (Robert Swann), become increasingly cruel and malicious. Finally, the students are provoked into open rebellion, the bloody nature of which shocked a number of commentators at the time and led to claims that the film aimed to provoke a violent uprising in society as a whole.