Punchy, poetic pic that delves into the epic theme of youthful revolt.

Punchy, poetic pic that delves into the epic theme of youthful revolt.

if. . . . is ostensibly about a rigid tradition-ridden British private boarding school for boys from 11 to 18. The film blocks out a series of incidents that lead to a small group rebelling with mortars, machine guns, gas bombs and pistols. Film is divided into chapter headings as the boys arrive for a new term.

The teachers, nurses, housemasters, etc., are all fairly typed characters but never descend to caricatures, which is true of the many students.

There is a romantic dash during the early part of the film in the growing insistence of three rebel friends that all is not right in this caste-ridden school. But there is never any sentimentality, which makes the film’s veering to a bloody revolt acceptable.

Film is a generalized tale of revolt. The violence is symbolical and reflects and comments on it rather than sentimentalizing it or trying to make it realistic.

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UK

Production

Memorial. Director Lindsay Anderson; Producer Michael Medwin, Lindsay Anderson; Screenplay David Sherwin; Camera Miroslav Ondricek; Editor David Gladwell; Music Marc Wilkinson; Art Director Jocelyn Herbert

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Malcolm McDowell David Wood Richard Warwick Christine Noonan Robert Swann Peter Jeffrey
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