Saturday, February 27, 2010
Capsule Review: A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Malcolm McDowell gives the performance of a lifetime in this adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ tale of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.. Stanley Kubrick designs a rather terrifying vision of the future, with smatterings of science fiction and an attention to detail that makes the sometimes dated visuals still feel strangely possible. Featuring some astounding set pieces, particularly the ‘Singing In The Rain’ rape scene which is still dark and disturbing even in this desensitized age. Making great use of color and sound – exemplified by Walter/Wendy Carlos’ soundtrack – the film still divides audiences but remains unforgettable to all who see it.