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Stanley Kubrick: A Clockwork Orange

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of A Clockwork Orange was released to a furore of controversy surrounding its depictions of gang violence and rape. Nominated for 4 Oscars, Anthony Burgess later viewed the film with disdain saying, “The over-exposure meant that people could talk about it at cocktail parties without having read it.”

Singing In The Rain

But A Clockwork Orange is worthy of such notoriety – whether its author approves or not. It is a film of its time and can be viewed for the 1960s zeitgeist alone. It opens in the Korova milkbar where Alex (played by Malcolm McDowell) and his droogs are sipping on ‘Moloko plus drencom’ (milk plus drugs). The Korova is a gaudy bar with obscene female mannequins posing as furniture, adorned with giant Barbarella-style bouffants that wouldn’t go amiss in Manchester’s Pop Boutique. Continue reading


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