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‘That was a real kick, and good for laughs and lashings of the old ultra-violence…’

So declares Alex DeLarge, the disaffected ‘droog’ at the heart of Stanley Kubrick’s controversial adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel about violent teenagers in a future dystopian Britain. For years, A Clockwork Orange was the cause célèbre of controversial cinema. The film’s depiction of nihilistic violence contributed to the inaccurate sense that Kubrick was determined to corrupt young minds, even though both the film and novel are clearly a satire about the conflict between the individual and the state, as Alex finds himself forcefully re-programmed (read: tortured) by the government.

It’s a long-held misconception that the ban placed on Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange in the 1970s came from the UK government. In fact, it was Kubrick himself who banned his own film in the UK, tired of being blamed for copycat violence and the continued attention of protesters, who even sent the Kubrick family death threats. The ban was lifted once Kubrick passed away. No season of controversial and censored cinema would be complete without this enduring masterpiece.

Warning! Contains bits of nasty ultraviolence, some of the old in-out, in-out and the institutional destruction of dangerous young minds.


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