The cult classic that launched the career of Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), If... tells the tale of an armed rebellion at a traditional British school. Echoing the May 1968 student uprising in Paris, the story follows protagonist Mick Travis (McDowell), a nonconformist boy who rebels against authority and old traditions. Centered around the polarizing issues of class and society, the school functions as a microcosm of British society.
The Man Who Left His Will on Film
Nagisa Oshima, 1970, 94 min., 35mm
Phyllis Wattis Theater
At the helm of Japanese New Wave cinema, Oshima contended with the postwar alienation of Japanese youth, the failures of left-wing political movements, the rise of capitalism, and the legacies of the imperial past. The Man Who Left His Will on Film follows the suicide of a young college student who jumps to his death with a running camera in his hand. When his friend Motoki recovers the footage and screens it, he expects to see a Tokyo demonstration. Instead the dead man's camera has only captured dull street scenes. Motoki grows obsessed with his dead friend, eventually romancing the deceased's girlfriend, and restaging and reshooting scenes from the film.