If.... Mark Sinker

ISBN: 9781844570409

Published: November 3rd 2004

Paperback

88 pages


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If....  by  Mark Sinker

If.... by Mark Sinker
November 3rd 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 88 pages | ISBN: 9781844570409 | 4.20 Mb

Lindsay Andersons film if...(1968), starring Malcolm McDowell as a schoolboy who leads a guerilla insurgence, imagines how repression, conformity, and fusty ritual at an English public school could lead to anarchy and bloody revolt. Its title is aMoreLindsay Andersons film if...(1968), starring Malcolm McDowell as a schoolboy who leads a guerilla insurgence, imagines how repression, conformity, and fusty ritual at an English public school could lead to anarchy and bloody revolt.

Its title is a sardonic nod to Rudyard Kiplings most famous poem, and its story a radical updating of Kiplings 1899 story Stalky and Co., in which prankish rebels are groomed to police the empire. Released at a time of unprecedented student uprisings in Europe and America, 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. Though its emotional surface is authentically anti-authoritarian, its intellectual substance, as Mark 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 cinemas raison detre, all the more fascinating.



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