Monday, November 21, 2011

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

This is an okay movie. In London, Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) is the leader of a youth gang. One night while intoxicated they beat an elderly homeless man, cripple a writer and rape his wife. Another time he sneaks into a mansion and bludgeons a woman with a statue and then is arrested. Alex is sentenced to 14 years in prison, but after two years is given a chance with an experimental treatment intended to cure him of his violent tendencies. They strap him into a chair and force him to watch movies until he feels sick. After two weeks, he appears to be cured and is set free.

The movie is adapted from the 1962 novella written by Anthony Burgess. The 1965 film Vinyl directed by Andy Warhol is also based on that novel. During the aversion therapy scene, McDowell scratched a cornea and was temporarily blinded. The doctor standing next to him in the scene was a real physician. The film increased sales of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. In the United States, A Clockwork Orange was rated X in its original release. Roman Catholics were encouraged to not see the film. The M-505 Adams Brothers Probe 16 car is shown in the film as a Durango 95; only three of these cars were ever built.

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