Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s decline-of-civilisation novel remains a chilling, thrilling and unsettling cinematic vision of nihilistic violence and social control.
Set in a flamboyantly stylised near-future where gangs of disenfranchised teenagers indulge in narcotic cocktails and revel in acts of ‘ultraviolence’, the film centres on Alex (McDowell) and his band of droogs.
Controversial when first released, A Clockwork Orange won New York Film Critics “Best Picture” and “Best Director” Awards and earned four Oscar nominations, including “Best Picture.”
Forty years after first hitting cinemas, the power of A Clockwork Orange still entices, shocks and holds us in its grasp.
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