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Year
1968
Runtime
111 min.
Director
Lindsay Anderson
Genre
Drama
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
14,304
Checks
4,873
Favs
402
Dislikes
32
Favs/checks
8.2% (1:12)
Favs/dislikes
13:1
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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. 5 years 5 months 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.
    6 years 3 months ago
  3. Kamrado's avatar

    Kamrado

    It's so crazy I love it! 7 years 11 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #9 in 100 Best British films
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  2. This movie ranks #12 in BFI 100
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  3. This movie ranks #35 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
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  4. This movie ranks #38 in Stanley Kubrick, Cinephile
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  5. This movie ranks #57 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  6. This movie ranks #199 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
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  7. This movie ranks #205 in Masters Of Cinema
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  8. This movie ranks #253 in 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird)
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  9. This movie ranks #267 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
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  10. This movie ranks #292 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  11. This movie ranks #325 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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  12. This movie ranks #339 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  13. This movie ranks #343 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  14. This movie ranks #415 in The Criterion Collection
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  15. This movie ranks #416 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  16. This movie ranks #436 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  17. This movie ranks #451 in TimeOut'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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  19. This movie ranks #687 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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