Controversial, and first given an x rating, A Clockwork Orange was a landmark film for director Stanley Kubrick. Graphic, violent and haunting look into the near future and how we as a human race strive to make everyone alike. Maybe not so much a like, but at least to our liking. Malcolm McDowell played the role of a lifetime as Alex de Large, a delinquient that the “establishment” was going to cure.
Kubrick, always one to go out on a limb to get what he wnats from his actors, was exceptional in directing this film, and brought a whole new genre of film and film-making into the mainstream. This film asked the question; How can evil be eradicated in modern society? If the state can deprive an individual of his free will, making him ‘a clockwork orange,’ what does this say about the nightmarish, behavioral modification technologies of punishment and crime? Do we lose our humanity if we are deprived of the free-will choice between good and evil?
A Clockwork Orange was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Screenplay, but was defeated in each category. It is one of two films, the other being Midnight Cowboy, that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture even though in it’s initial release was given an X rating.