Rent If.... (1969)

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1h 47min
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Synopsis:
This incredible film takes a look at British boarding school and three unruly seniors who fail to conform. If.... is an amazing blend of fact and fantasy which features a young Malcolm McDowell in his first film. The students at College House are kept in line by tradition, strict discipline and prefects. Director Lindsay Anderson is careful to document the repressive conditions and the painfulness of rebellion as he builds to his surreal and violent ending when the students have their day.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Lindsay Anderson, Michael Medwin, Albert Finney
Writers:
David Sherwin
Studio:
Paramount
Genres:
Classics, Drama
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Awards:

1969 Cannes Palme d'Or

BBFC:
Release Date:
23/07/2007
Run Time:
107 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour and B & W
Bonus:
  • Commentary Wit David And Malcolm McDowell
  • Thursday's Children
  • Cast And Crew
  • Interview With Actor Graham Crowden
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/06/2014
Run Time:
112 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour and B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with film critic and historian David Robinson and actor Malcolm McDowell
  • New video interviews with producer Michael Medwin, writers David Sherwin and John Howlett, editor David Gladwell, production manager Gavrik Losey, camera operator Brian Harris, and actors David Wood, Hugh Thomas, Geoffrey Chater, Philip Bagenal, and Sean Bury
  • Three short films by Anderson: Three Installations (1952), Thursday's Children [co-directed with Guy Brenton, (1954), and Henry (1955)
  • Two U.S. trailers for the feature

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Reviews (1) of If....

A Must See - The Great Anti Establishment Film - If.... review by GI

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11/03/2023

The great British counterculture and anti establishment film from director Lindsay Anderson. It remains today an enigmatic, often surreal critique of the British private education system that is mired in privilege from wealth rather than academic ability. There's been much discussion over the years around scenes from this film which for the most part remain mysterious and invite all sorts of textual analysis much of it contradictory. The story focuses on a prestigious all boys boarding school in England where the pupils are all from aristocracy or wealthy families and where the school actively promotes archaic traditions and rituals that result in sadistic punishment if abused. As a new term starts three older boys led by Travis (Malcolm McDowell) begin to challenge the ridiculousness of the system which is overseen by prefects who have the power to punish dissent including vicious canings. Eventually Travis and his band decide to act violently and begin a massacre of staff, parents and other pupils. This has become a cult film with many plaudits and stylistically it opens up lots to discuss including the various changes from colour to black & white and some Pythonesque scenes which will baffle, amuse and may even frustrate. This is a satire that challenges the viewer, a film that defies a description. It certainly caused a furore on release with its nudity and attack on a system much loved in the UK. It's certainly a film to check out if you've never seen it and one to watch a few times to absorb it's unusual narrative, style and structure.

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