This is a very interesting film, which is rare, and very much a film of its time. That time being that short window when education, previously the preserve of the elite, opened up to any child with the intellectual capacity. McDowell and his friends are class misfits in the elite educational establishment they find themselves in. As a result are oppressed by the classist hierarchy and made targets of bullies. But these kids are among the smartest in the land and learn the methods of their oppressors and retaliate accordingly. (They made good use of their education, then!) The ending was shocking at the time, which perhaps was the reason the film became an overnight cult classic. But taking the ending, metaphorically rather than literally, perhaps it explains why availability of elite education to the masses, was suddenly reversed. The McDowell of today would be at a bog-standard comprehensive, brainwashed with faux socialism, and never get within shooting range of the ideology and techniques used against the under classes to keep them in their place.
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Winner of the Palm d’Or at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival, Lindsay Anderson’s if…. (1968) is a strange film which shines a light on the trials and tribulations of life at a boarding school for boys. 449 more words
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