Uprising! Spirit of 68
Thu 01 Jan 1970
£7* | £5* under 25s
Dir. Lindsay Anderson, 111 mins, 1968, UK
A UK-wide programme of screenings and events exploring the cinema and the legacy of 1968 when decades worth of news took place in one year, from the Prague spring to the Paris riots, from the Tet Offensive to the killings of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. The UK saw student protests flare up on campuses across the country and rising tension in the wake of Enoch Powells Rivers of Blood speech, while in June a machinists strike at Dagenhams Ford plant heralded a burgeoning womens movement and paved the way for the Equal Pay Act.
Lindsay Andersons 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 saviour in the vicious games of one-upmanship played by both students and masters. Mixing colour and black and white as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, If . remains one of cinemas most unforgettable rebel yells.
A modern classic in which Anderson minutely captures both the particular ethos of a public school and the general flavour of any structured community.
STEPHEN GARRETT, TIME OUT
Amongst the greatest British films of the post-war years.
A classic, a movie of real authority.
PHILIP FRENCH, THE OBSERVER
A true British classic.