A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971): USA

Jan. 30, 2012 Reviewed by Christopher Connor. Viewed at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.   Violence. Sex. Control. Choice. These are all major themes in Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange based on the amazing book by Anthony Burgess set in a futuristic Britain. The film opens with a close up of our protagonist, that is Alex, and slowly zooms out to show his three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim. They are dressed in interesting white outfits, wearing bowlers and berets, surrounded by nude statues of women in various poses all with different vibrant hair colors while drinking a drug laced milk that will get them ready for a bit of the ol’ ultra-violence.