Thursday, January 7, 2010

If ... (1968)

Director: Lindsay Anderson. Cast: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Christine Noonan. 111 min. Rated X. Drama.

Before Columbine, before Virginia Tech, and before Alan Parker's The Wall or Gus Van Sant's Elephant, there was If ... - the Palm d'Or winner that introduced a young Malcolm MacDowell. His role as the young boarding school anarchist personified his most famous roles for the rest of his career. If ... is valuable as it defined how youngsters suddenly rebel against the system just to prove their dominance, even if it meant slaughtering their masters. But if you've already seen the brilliant Elephant (another Palm d'Or winner), you may be hard to impress here.

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