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The Resource If--, Mark Sinker

If--, Mark Sinker

Label
If--
Title
If--
Statement of responsibility
Mark Sinker
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Lindsay Anderson's film if... (1968), starring Malcolm McDowell as a schoolboy who leads a guerilla insurgency, imagines how repression, conformism 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-sequence Stalky and Co, in which prankish rebels are groomed to police the Empire. Released at a time of unprecedented student uprisings across the globe, 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." "With hindsight the forces of conformity proves better able to exploit the Generation Gap than their foes: Anderson was quickly out of sympathy with the post-1960s counterculture, and if...now seems presciently dense with ambiguity. It is stylistically varied - shot in both colour and black-and-white, a mix of mock-documentary and quasi-surrealism - and far more contradictory than first viewing or fond memory allow. Though its emotional surface is authentically anti-authoritarian, its intellectual substance, as Marak 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, even nostalgically - but for Sinker this renders its many knots and paradoxes, the moments of poetry that Anderson argued were cinema's raison d'etre, all the more fascinating." --Book Jacket
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Cataloging source
UKM
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Sinker, Mark
Dewey number
791.4372
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN1997.I343
LC item number
S56 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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British Film Institute
Series statement
BFI film classics
Series volume
75
Target audience
specialized
Label
If--, Mark Sinker
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 83-85)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • If...
  • Appendix :
  • Lindsay Anderson and Free Cinema
Control code
56640792
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
88 pages
Isbn
9781844570409
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Label
If--, Mark Sinker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 83-85)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • If...
  • Appendix :
  • Lindsay Anderson and Free Cinema
Control code
56640792
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
88 pages
Isbn
9781844570409
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)

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