1987, Alive Films, 90 min, USA, Dir: Lindsay Anderson

Bette Davis joins another screen legend, Lillian Gish, for this lovely tale of two sisters spending the summer, as they have for 60 years, on a picturesque island off the coast of Maine. Anderson displays a deep love for Hollywood's past, casting not only Davis and Gish but veterans Vincent Price, Harry Carey Jr., and Ann Sothern, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role. A profound meditation on aging, this is perhaps the best of Davis' later films, and won Lillian Gish the Best Actress award from the National Board of Review.

1973, Warner Bros., 178 min, UK, Dir: Lindsay Anderson

This incredible surrealistic allegory is a stunning sequel to IF..., following the adventures of Travis (Malcolm McDowell) as he seeks his fortune navigating an untamed frontier of nuclear-plant meltdowns, experimental genetics clinics and Swinging London. With Rachel Roberts, Ralph Richardson, Helen Mirren and Alan Price.

IF ...
1968, Paramount, 111 min, UK, Dir: Lindsay Anderson

More than any other film of the era, IF... perfectly represents the international spirit of youthful rebellion in the late ’60s, establishing a balance between broader, pop culture movies like WILD IN THE STREETS and Jean-Luc Godard's apocalyptic WEEKEND. Boarding school student Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is one of the great screen outsiders, a poetic rebel individualist and sensitive wild man; McDowell, director Anderson and writer David Sherwin imbue him with an emotional honesty and intellectual depth rarely seen in films about youth.

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