A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

(1971)

Stanley Kubrick's brilliant nightmare of a film takes the heavy realities of the 'do-your-thing' and 'law-and-order' syndromes, runs them through a cinematic centrifuge, and spews forth the commingled comic horrors of a regulated society. Uncomfortably proximate, disturbingly plausible and obliquely resolved, the film employs outrageous vulgarity, stark brutality and some sophisticated comedy to make an opaque argument for the preservation of respect for man's free will - even to do wrong.... More

In his fourth film in a decade, and the ninth in 19 years, Kubrick certainly is back from outer space. More than that, he has penetrated the relatively high level of multi-national madness found in "Doctor Strangelove" and landed right in the urban jungle. His screenplay, based on the 1962 Anthony Burgess novel, postulates a society composed of amoral young hedonists, an older generation in retreat behind locked doors, and a political-police government no longer accountable to anyone or to any principles except expediency and tenure.(Source: Variety, 1971)Hide

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Stanley Kubrick's innovative, satirical, dystopian (but nevertheless, controversial) masterpiece. A Clockwork Orange still manages to thrill after 40 years thanks to an impeccable script, elaborate production design and a chillingly genuine performance from Malcolm McDowell. The brilliant soundtrack also helps shape this movie into a hauntingly fun experience.


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  • Kubrick's latest film takes the heavy realities of the 'do-your-thing' and 'law-and-order' syndromes, runs them through a cinematic centrifuge, and spews forth the commingled comic horrors of a regulated society. Full Review

  • A much-maligned and misunderstood classic, this is one of Kubrick's finest movies. Full Review

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