UK, 1968, 111 min.
A surreal cult classic about three students (led by Malcolm McDowell, in a performance that anticipated his iconic role in “A Clockwork Orange”) who revolt against the suffocating atmosphere and social hierarchy in a typical English boarding school for boys. Their anger turns into a violent confrontation.
“If....” gives the finger to the values and morals of the middle class of that era, and promptly received an X-rating. It is, therefore, a self-destructive attack on the privileged British private schools, as well as a metaphor for the institutionalized tyranny and the class system of British society. Made during the French student revolt in May 1968 by a director who associated himself strongly with the counterculture of the sixties, Lindsay Anderson's little masterpiece remains fifty years later a perfect reflection of the radical changes that the baby boomers of that time wanted to trigger and one of the most essential films about social outrage and rebellion.