Director: Stanley Kubrick

1971, UK, 137, R

Screenwriter: Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess.

Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Miriam Karlin.


One of Kubrick’s most impressive talents was finding great books, and then making them his own. Anthony Burgess’ book is a social satire about delinquent droogs – especially Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell – whom the state tries to rehabilitate with aversion therapy. In Kubrick’s movie, Britain of the future is a dark dystopia, where Alex is a stand-in for all of the brutality that can lurk behind the prettiest of blue eyes.
“A Clockwork Orange is my current favourite. After seeing it, I realized it is only a movie about what the modern world really means.” – filmmaker Luis Bunuel.