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A Look Back at Cannes Winners from the 1960s: ‘If….’

28 May 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

If…

Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Written by David Sherwin

UK, 1968

If….(1968) directed by Lindsay Anderson and winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1969 premiered one year following the May ’68 protests in France. The screenplay was written by David Sherwin who based the narrative off his experiences at Tonbridge School in Kent. The script made its way to Nicholas Ray who was interested in making the film but felt that a British director should direct it. Anderson was approached and accepted the project. He wanted to make a film similar to Jean Vigo’s Zéro de conduite (1934) and even screened the film to his screenwriters in the pre-production stage. If… was given an X-rating upon release for nudity and violence. Aside from the more graphic scenes the censor board was probably put off by the ideological message of the film.

Like Vigo’s film, If…. is about authority figures »

- Cody Lang

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