In association with The Oldie magazine, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Lindsay Anderson's if.... Curzon Soho are screening this classic British film from 35mm. It will be followed by journalist Valerie Grove in conversation with co-star David Wood, who will be signing copies of his book Filming if.... in the foyer afterwards.
Chicage Reader review:
Lindsay Anderson indulges his taste for social allegory with a tale of a repressive boys' school rocked by student revolutionaries who listen to African music. Though clearly about Mother England and her colonies, the film found its popular success, in that distant summer of 1969, in being taken quite literally. Anderson deserves credit for sniffing out the cryptofascist side of the student movement, and his presentation of oppression—sexual and social—is very forceful. Yet the film finally succumbs to its own abstraction with an ending that satisfies neither symbolism nor wish fulfillment.
Here (and above) is the trailer.