Macrobert Arts Centre

A Clockwork Orange

Sun 29 Jul 2018


Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess's novel.

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BBFC: Contains Contains strong violence and sexual violence

Part of a double bill celebrating the genius of Kubrick - you might also want to see Filmworker.

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." After Alex is jailed for his sadistic behaviour, he submits to the Ludovico behaviour modification technique to earn his freedom; allowing the state to enact an equally sadistic rehabilitation as they condition him to abhor violence.

The most controversial of all of Kubrick's films, A Clockwork Orange was withdrawn from British release by the director after it left audiences stunned and led to a series of copycat crimes. 27 years later it finally returned, after Kubrick's death in 1999, where it is now seen as the director intended: as a perfect parable of evil, exploring the limits to which society should go to maintain law and order.

Directed By
Stanley Kubrick
Year Made
UK / USA 1971