A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971 U.K.) D/W/P: STANLEY KUBRICK
Based on Anthony Burgess` excellent, innovative and prophetic novel, Kubrick`s interesting yet overrated cult favourite wasn`t released in the UK (where it is set) until after his death (he had himself made it unavailable due to controversy on it`s original release). As you probably know, Malcolm McDowell (who`s very good) is the young Beethoven-loving droog Alex in the near future, who hangs out at a milk bar and committs acts of rape and ultraviolence with his. When he`s caught and institutionalized, he becomes the victim of a broken-down society and the people he had previously wronged. Burgess` original compelling themes of the right to choose between good or evil are over-simplified in the midst of the (admittedly well done) stylish set pieces. With Patrick Magee (a fine, underrated actor), Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff and a pre-STAR WARS David Prowse. Walter (later Wendy) Carlos provided the synthesizer element of the soundtrack (an element that proved highly influential on young musicians who later formed the core of the late 70`s/early 80`s synth-pop movement. The film as a whole seemed to speak to the upcoming punk generation). A forgotten Andy Warhol adaptation of the same book is VINYL from 1965.

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