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The Next Reel • Season 13 • Series: 1969 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Cinematography Nominees • if...

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“The whole world will end very soon - black, brittle bodies peeling into ash... There's no such thing as a wrong war. Violence and revolution are the only pure acts. War is the last possible creative act.”

Boarding School Satire That Bites
For our August 2023 member bonus episode, we head to the world of boarding schools and rebellion with Lindsay Anderson. Anderson was a student who went through this system so knew it well. And pairing this world with satire in a film made in the late 60s seems like a perfect blend. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off this member bonus series looking at the 1969 National Society of Film Critics Awards • Best Cinematography nominees with a discussion about Anderson’s iconic satire of conformity and authority in the British boarding school system – if….
Here’s a hint at what we talk about.
We discuss how if…’s satirical messages hold up today, particularly in regards to school violence. We also debate the film’s portrayals of the boarding school system and establishment. This leads us to discuss the fantastic performances from Malcolm McDowell in his breakout role. Of course, we have to talk about Miroslav Ondrícek’s use of both black and white and color cinematography throughout the film, and why that apparently arbitrary style leads to alternative ways to read the final act of the film. We also cover Lindsay Anderson’s daring direction that pushed boundaries.
It’s a thought-provoking conversation, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our discussion begins!
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