The ongoing "1969" repertory series continues with Malcolm McDowell starring as a public school anarchist in Lindsay Anderson's If..., a landmark of '60s cinema and counterculture. Long before Columbine, McDowell leads a full-scale revolt against everything the hateful school stands for. A film of tremendous resonance, coming when it did with the force of a grenade, If... was the first part of Anderson's Mick Travis trilogy. The film spoke the language of the barricades in a year of revolution, using the school as a microcosm of a repressive British society. Preceded at 7 p.m. by The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, with the Oscar-winning Maggie Smith as a teacher who learns a thing or two from her pupils. (NR) ELLIOTT STEIN

Sept. 11-17, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2009

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