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Mark Sinker

If (Bfi Film Classics)

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ISBN: 1844570401
Издательство: British Film Institute
Год издания: 2005
Страниц: 88
Book DescriptionLindsay Anderson's film if.... (1968), starring Malcolm McDowell as a schoolboy who leads a guerilla insurgence, imagines how repression, conformity, and fusty ritual at an English public school could lead to anarchy and bloody revolt. Its title is a sardonic nod to Rudyard Kipling's most famous poem, and its story a radical updating of Kipling's 1899 story "Stalky and Co.," in which prankish rebels are groomed to police the empire. Released at a time of unprecedented student uprisings inEurope and America, if.... provided a peculiarly English perspective on the battle between generations-the perennial war of the romantically passionate against the corrupt, the ugly, the old, and the foolish. Though its emotional surface is authentically anti-authoritarian, its intellectual substance, as Mark Sinker argues, is rooted in a deep familiarity with the symbols of English ruling-class values. No longer a vehicle for shock or dissent, if.... is today enjoyed comfortably,...