Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess's novel, complete with "Nadsat" slang. Classical music-loving proto-punk Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," such ...Read MoreStanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess's novel, complete with "Nadsat" slang. Classical music-loving proto-punk Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," such as terrorizing a writer, Mr. Alexander (Patrick Magee), and gang raping his wife (who later dies as a result). After Alex is jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady (Miriam Karlin) to death with one of her phallic sculptures, Alex submits to the Ludovico behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence through watching gory movies, and even his adored Beethoven is turned against him. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims, with Mr. Alexander using Beethoven's Ninth to inflict the greatest pain of all. When society sees what the state has done to Alex, however, the politically expedient move is made. Casting a coldly pessimistic view on the then-future of the late '70s-early '80s, Kubrick and production designer John Barry created a world of high-tech cultural decay, mixing old details like bowler hats with bizarrely alienating "new" environments like the Milkbar. Alex's violence is horrific, yet it is an aesthetically calculated fact of his existence; his charisma makes the icily clinical Ludovico treatment seem more negatively abusive than positively therapeutic. Alex may be a sadist, but the state's autocratic control is another violent act, rather than a solution. Released in late 1971 (within weeks of Sam Peckinpah's brutally violent Straw Dogs), the film sparked considerable controversy in the U.S. with its X-rated violence; after copycat crimes in England, Kubrick withdrew the film from British distribution until after his death. Opinion was divided on the meaning of Kubrick's detached view of this shocking future, but, whether the discord drew the curious or Kubrick's scathing diagnosis spoke to the chaotic cultural moment, A Clockwork Orange became a hit. On the heels of New York Film Critics Circle awards as Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, Kubrick received Oscar nominations in all three categories. Lucia Bozzola, RoviRead Less
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Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Adrienne Corri, Warren Clarke, Aubrey Morris. Fine in good packaging. From private collection; probably viewed once or twice; box has some shelf wear and flap has fold.
Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Adrienne Corri, Warren Clarke, Aubrey Morris. Very good in good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 137 mins. Originally released: 1971. 1991 release. From private collection, NOT a rental. Cover may have slight shelfwear/dust, but overall product is in great shape. From its opening shot of Malcolm McDowell staring with evil intent directly into the camera (which pulls back to reveal him drinking a glass of milk), Stanley Kubrick's brilliant A CLOCKWORK ORANGE announces itself as a completely new kind of viewing experience. The film, set in an unidentified future, overwhelms the senses with its almost comic depictions of rape and violence set to an upbeat classical and pop music score. Kubrick based his chilling masterpiece on Anthony Burgess's culture-shaking novel about a young man growing into adulthood, but unable to shake his huge problem with authority figures. The first part of the film shows Alex (a career-defining performance by McDowell) and his "droogs" (his cohorts) indulging in what they refer to as "a little bit of the old ultraviolence". After establishing Alex and co. as unremitting psychopaths, Kubrick's movie changes tact, and shows Alex getting caught and forced to undergo controversial treatment that will make it impossible for him to commit violent acts, leading to a fascinating ending to the film.
Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Warren Clarke and Malcolm McDowell are all wonderful in this movie about a gang of thugs (droogs), in futuristic Britain, who are controlled by a young man. They rape, mug and beat people. The young man is captured, given treatment to cure him of his anti-social ways, then released back into society.
Written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, it took me awhile to get into it, but once I was, I was hooked.
Kubrick creates a fascinating and highly cinematic scenario. I could see why it is ranked up their on many to films lists.
Dec 11, 2008
Music and visuals outstanding - eerie in Kubrick fashion. Loved it!
Sep 18, 2008
This movie is timeless. Although it was done a long time ago & based on an even older book, it is a comment on violence that even applies today.
A young man who is in a 'gang' gets arrested and finds himself in an experiment where scientists are trying to abolish crime by using subliminal messaging to make him ill whenever he sees or contemplates violence.
It is a great social commentary and an entertaining movie all the way around.
Not for kids or anyone who is easily offended by crude humor or violence.
Mar 1, 2008
Not very good...
I found this movie to be in extremely bad taste and if it was intended to be funny, they missed their mark by a long shot! I thought it was tasteless, confusing and just all around bad!