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A controversial but important and thought-provoking adaptation of a counter-culture classic, “A Clockwork Orange” has stood the test of time.

A Clockwork Orange

Our latest in the Cult Corner series brings us to a big one, “A Clockwork Orange” (1971) from master director Stanley Kubrick starring Malcolm McDowell.


A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick (The Shining, Dr. Strangelove), based on Anthony Burgess‘s 1962 novel of the same name.

The book is a cautionary tale about how a government with advanced technology can control society through violence or sexualization. It was a critical examination of the government and society of its time.

Written in a futuristic slang vocabulary invented by Burgess, in part by adaptation of Russian words, it was his most original and best-known work — though he would later come to disown the controversial work.

The film takes place in a dystopian near-future in Britain and revolves around the central character, Alex (Malcolm McDowell), an anti-social delinquent who delights in a bit of the “ultra-violence”.  He leads a small gang of thugs.

The film chronicles the horrific crime spree of his gang, his capture, and attempted rehabilitation via an experimental psychological conditioning technique.

The film was met with polarized reviews from critics and was controversial due to its depictions of graphic violence. After it was cited as having inspired copycat acts of violence, the film was withdrawn from British cinemas at Kubrick’s behest, and it was also banned in several other countries.

In the years following, the film underwent a critical re-evaluation and gained a cult following.

A Clockwork Orange is now hailed as an important counter-cultural work that is often quoted and referenced in popular art. The book and its film adaptations are considered a prophetic message about the current influx of fear, violence, and misinformation. 


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