A Clockwork Orange
In the future, a sadistic gang leader (Malcolm McDowell) is imprisoned and volunteers for an experimental program to cure his violent impulses – but it doesn't go as planned.
NFSA 35mm print
'Even though it was made in long-ago 1971, there is still something almost fetishistically futuristic about A Clockwork Orange. Perhaps that is owed to the exuberant and indelible production design, its characters' peculiar teenage argot ("Nadsat") or its electrified, classical score by transsexual composer Walter (later Wendy) Carlos – or perhaps simply because the early 70s were crazier – in hyper-stylised design and fashion – than any period since. Either way, A Clockwork Orange endures, not so much for its philosophical musings on the nature of free will in the face of good and evil, but because it is simply a triumph of style.' – The Guardian
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