If.... If....

If....

Lindsay Anderson

 
If.... (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

+ Add to Cart
  • United Kingdom
  • 1968
  • 112 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #391

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.

Cast

Mick TravisMalcolm McDowell
JohnnyDavid Wood
WallaceRichard Warwick
RowntreeRobert Swann
The girlChristine Noonan
HeadmasterPeter Jeffrey
Mr. KempArthur Lowe
MatronMona Washbourne
ChaplainGeoffrey Chater
General DensonAnthony Nicholls
History masterGraham Crowden
Classics masterCharles Lloyd Pack

Credits

DirectorLindsay Anderson
Produced byMichael Medwin and Lindsay Anderson
ScreenplayDavid Sherwin
From the original script Crusaders byDavid Sherwin and John Howlett
Director of photographyMiroslav Ondříček
Music composed and conducted byMarc Wilkinson
Production designerJocelyn Herbert
EditorDavid Gladwell

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček and assistant editor Ian Rakoff, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film critic and historian David Robinson and actor Malcolm McDowell
  • Episode of the Scottish TV series Cast and Crew from 2003, featuring interviews with McDowell, Ondříček, Rakoff, director’s assistant Stephen Frears, producer Michael Medwin, and screenwriter David Sherwin
  • Video interview with actor Graham Crowden
  • Thursday’s Children (1954), an Academy Award–winning documentary about a school for deaf children, by director Lindsay Anderson and Guy Brenton and narrated by actor Richard Burton
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein as well as reprinted pieces by Sherwin and Anderson

    New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus

Film Essays

If....: School Days

By David Ehrenstein August 30, 2011

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait . . . Read more »

Dispatches

Anderson_thumbnail

Flashback: Lindsay Anderson

By Peter Cowie May 14, 2014

The author recalls his meetings and correspondence with the uncompromisingly independent British director. Read more »


Film Essays

If....: School Days

By David Ehrenstein August 30, 2011

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait . . . Read more »