W: Stanley Kubrick [based on the novel by
DP: John Alcott
Ed: Bill Butler
Mus: Walter Carlos
PD: John Barry
Cos: Milena Canonero
Malcolm McDowell (Alex DeLarge), Patrick
Magee (Frank Alexander), Michael Bates (Chief Guard Barnes), Warren Clarke (Dim), Adrienne Corri (Mary Alexander), Carl Duering (Dr. Brodsky)
difficult and repulsive watch, but not many can deny its brilliance, working as both an artistic presentation of a dystopian society and as a futuristic crime thriller.
Set in an unconfirmed year in Britain's future where wretched
violence is rife, a young gangster guilty of rape and murder obtains early release from his prison sentence on the condition that he participates in an brainwashing experiment which renders him
inert if he develops any violent or sociopathic thoughts. He then rejoins a society far more violent and unfriendly than the one he left when he was first incarcerated.
Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece boasts an excellent performance
from Malcolm McDowell as über-villain Alex DeLarge, who achieves the near impossible of making you care for an unsympathetic character almost beyond redemption throughout the first act. The
futuristic visions are so close to being spot on it's difficult to class this in the Science Fiction genre, but more a psychological thriller. Those who can get through it's most gruesome
scenes will certainly agree that it is one of the best movies of the 1970's, if not ever. It's
certainly not for the squeamish though, and those familiar with Kubrick's work will be searching for hidden meaning beneath the centrality of the plot. There's some theory that it contains hints
about the illuminati, the European Union, government control through media and other similar conspiracies... I'm inclined to leave these up to the viewer, but I'd certainly agree that the point
of the film is that, without freedom of expression, we will become less than human.