Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Michael Bates
Stanley Kubrick (Director), Stanley Kubrick (Screenplay)
Released: Dec. 18th, 1971
Runtime: 2 hours, 16 minutes
The head of a gang of toughs, in an insensitive futuristic society, is conditioned to become physically ill at sex and violence during a prison sentence. When he is released, he's brutally beaten by all of his old adversaries.
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.