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Year
1968
Runtime
111 min.
Director
Lindsay Anderson
Genre
Drama
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
19,176
Checks
5,423
Favs
432
Dislikes
38
Favs/checks
8.0% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. dchauvin's avatar

    dchauvin

    The film begins baring resemblance to Dead Poets Society, but gradually descends to a much darker (and perhaps more realistic) place. The latter half of the film gets increasingly more peculiar and fascinating, presumably as we delve into the 'If....' possibilities of Travis' anarchic anti-establishment psyche. spoiler Throughout we are treated with alternating black and white and colour scenes that distance us from the film's reality. The black and white scenes appear to serve as the fulfillment of Travis' fantasies, and as such also frame the immorality and decadence bursting from the seams of College House, the archetypal British private school, of course preaching the exact opposite principles - religion, discipline and respect. McDowell is effortlessly cool in the anti-hero role, and the acting across the board is strong. Oh yeah, it's pretty funny at times too. 8 years 1 month ago
  2. Timec's avatar

    Timec

    I just re-watched it, and had forgotten how funny certain parts of this are. Anderson really goes out of his way to mock nearly everyone in the film (each representing a certain segment of society.) There's Travis' platitudes about violence and war, the headmaster who thinks he knows what the boys are going through, the general's speech that manages to completely miss the point, the militarist minister, the whole playing "dress-up" aspect of the military training sequence, the prat whips, etc.

    In spite of his ridicule, he never falls into the trap of so much satire of making the characters one-dimensional - they're fleshed out, and we care about what happens.
    8 years 11 months ago
  3. Kamrado's avatar

    Kamrado

    It's so crazy I love it! 10 years 7 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #9 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
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  2. This movie ranks #12 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
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  10. This movie ranks #292 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  11. This movie ranks #325 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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  12. This movie ranks #339 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  13. This movie ranks #370 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  14. This movie ranks #401 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  15. This movie ranks #415 in The Criterion Collection
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  16. This movie ranks #432 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  17. This movie ranks #451 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  18. This movie ranks #480 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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