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A Clockwork Orange


Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Michael Bates View All


Stanley Kubrick (Director), Stanley Kubrick (Screenplay) View All

Release: Dec. 18th, 1971
Runtime: 2 hours, 16 minutes
In a near-future Britain, young Alexander DeLarge and his pals get their kicks beating and raping anyone they please. When not destroying the lives of others, Alex swoons to the music of Beethoven. The state, eager to crack down on juvenile crime, gives an incarcerated Alex the option to undergo an invasive procedure that'll rob him of all personal agency. In a time when conscience is a commodity, can Alex change his tune?
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22 A Clockwork Orange
Seeing as we discussed which of Stanley Kubrick's movies is the best in a previous post, I realised I hadn't seen A Clockwork Orange, so, made crious by all you guys (and gals ), I went out and rented...
3 A Clockwork Orange
out of my five favorite directors (coppola, tarentino, scorsese, kubrick, and kevin smith) i would have to say that kubrick is the most interesting of the five, and a clockwork orange is his most inte...
2 Clockwork Orange
I just watched this movie for the first time ever last night. What are your opinions on it? I was expecting something more outlandish actually, i've been told for years that it was disturbing and re...
11 A Clockwork Orange - wow....
So, I just finished watching Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. Wow..... Holy mother of all that is good thats one fine film.. The way he used music not just as background, but as part of ...
4 A Clockwork Orange Questionnaire
To what extent do you feel it’s a shocking film in comparison to today’s modern cinematic expectations? • To what extent is there a sense of political and social foreshadowing in today’s society?...

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Kubrick reportedly banned his own film in the UK from being seen after a short release because there were copycat killings and rapings in which the film was being scapegoated for, which of course is stupid as any gangster film brought out in that period could have easily have been blamed for influencing such behaviour.
Ultimately, Im not sure if I somehow accept the extreme and perverse nature of this film because the thematic presentation and execution is so strong, or that I simply find pleasure in projections of ultra-violence when I let them speak to my inner id because once, the clash of cinematic perversion was a peak I couldnt always pass just for the power it held in connection to a given film and its admittedly strong themes maybe it was a steppingstone I needed to stomp hard on a few times before being able to overcome it.
The doctor standing over Alex as he is being forced to watch violent films was a real doctor, ensuring that Malcolm McDowell's eyes didn't dry up.
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