Spinema: If…. (1969)

THURSDAY DECEMBER 11 20:30
Directed by Lindsay Anderson
112 minutes
English spoken with English subtitles!

Sometimes pigeon-holed as a May 68 prophecy, If… becomes dated far less easily than other “youth in revolt” movies of the late 60s because it’s nearly as timeless in its themes as it is of an experimental period in commercial narrative cinema. A film like this was only possible in the late 60s. Financed by Paramount Pictures and then nearly shelved when they saw its concluding machine-gun catharsis, it drew darts at its self-styled “anarchist / classical” director Lindsay Anderson and made an instant star of the rebellious young actor Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), nervously simmering in the role of Mick Travis, a dissident student at a posh English public school.

When it was eventually released in Great Britain it was given a X-rating. It is a film which was loved by Stanley Kubrick so much that he gave the lead role of his next film, A Clockwork Orange, to its lead actor Malcolm McDowell. This film will be screened in high-definition.

IF…. is a daring anarchic vision of British society in the late sixties England. It centers on the character of Mick Travis, who, along with his chums, kick at authority at every turn, finally emerging as a violent savior against the powers that be. Violence, sex, fantasy, sadism and poetry- it has it all!  Mixing color and black and white as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, If…. remains one of cinema’s most unforgettable rebel yells….and one of the nearly perfect films in the history of cinema.

+ SHORT FILM BEFORE THE FEATURE:
NIGHT AND FOG   1955
(Nuit et brouillard)
Directed by Alain Resnais
30 minutes
In French with English subtitles

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