A Clockwork Orange
Director: Stanley Kubrick Run Time: 136 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1971
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, Patrick Magee
Darkly humorous, quasi musical, satirical, and controversial upon its release over four decades ago, Stanley Kubrick’s future-shock vision of Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novel continues to retain its power. Set in a dystopic England in the not-so-distant future, we’re shown a society where the line between good versus bad is, at best, blurry. Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high and embarking on “a little of the old ultraviolence” until, one day, he’s jailed for murder. While in prison, Alex is subjected to intense governmental behavior modification that turn him from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen. His eventual return to society sees how this therapy doesn’t really solve the rampant crime problem.