in about 100 words or less
UK/USA 136m, Colour
Director: Stanley Kubrick; Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Michael Bates, James Marcus, Michael Tarn, Patrick Magee
A Clockwork Orange is a visually startling adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel which describes a dystopian future society where violent criminals are rehabilitated by a technique which re-conditions the human mind to feel sickness instead of pleasure when witnessing deviant or violent behavior. The film is a masterpiece of satirical black comedy which is filled with explicit images of violence and sexuality and whose imagery and language have become part of popular culture. Kubrick’s musical selections are also noteworthy, which include a number of classical pieces, notably: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and an unexpected and provocative version of “Singin’ in the Rain” – undoubtedly, an inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s redefinition of “Stuck in the Middle With you” in Reservoir Dogs (Klaus Ming August 2010).