A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 film directed by Stanley Kubrick and is a satirical science fiction film adaptation of the 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, about Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell), a charismatic, psychopathic delinquent whose pleasures are classical music (especially Beethoven), rape, and ultra-violence. He is the leader of a small gang of thugs (Pete, Georgie, and Dim), whom he calls his droogs (from the Russian друг, “friend”, “buddy”). Alex narrates most of the film in Nadsat, a fractured, contemporary adolescent argot comprising Slavic (especially Russian), English, and Cockney rhyming slang.

This cinematic adaptation was co-written and produced by director Kubrick, it features disturbing, violent images, to facilitate social commentary about psychiatry, youth gangs, and other contemporary social, political, and economic subjects in a dystopian, future Britain. A Clockwork Orange features a soundtrack comprising mostly classical music selections and Moog synthesizer compositions by Wendy (then Walter) Carlos. A notable exception is “Singin’ in the Rain”, chosen because it was a song whose lyrics actor Malcolm McDowell knew.[1] The now-iconic poster of A Clockwork Orange, and its images, was created by designer Bill Gold. It also holds the record in the Guinness World Records for being the first movie in media history for using the Dolby Sound system.

Awards and honoursClockwork_orangeA

  • Academy Awards
    • nominated Best Director – Stanley Kubrick
    • nominated Best Film Editing – Bill Butler
    • nominated Best Picture
    • nominated Best Adapted Screenplay – Stanley Kubrick
  • BAFTA Awards
    • BAFTA Film Award Best Art Direction – John Barry
    • Best Cinematography – John Alcott
    • Best Direction – Stanley Kubrick
    • Best Film
    • Best Film Editing – William Butler
    • Best Screenplay – Stanley Kubrick
    • Best Sound Track – Brian Blamey, John Jordan, Bill Rowe
  • Directors Guild of America
    • 1972 Nominated DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures – Stanley Kubrick
  • Golden Globes
    • 1972 Nominated Golden Globe Best Director: Motion Picture – Stanley Kubrick
    • Best Motion Picture – Drama
    • Best Motion Picture Actor: Drama – Malcolm McDowell
  • Hugo Awards
    • 1972 Won Hugo Best Dramatic Presentation
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards
    • 1971 Won NYFCC Award Best Director – Stanley Kubrick
    • Best Film
  • Writers Guild of America, USA
    • 1972 Nominated WGA Award (Screen) Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium – Stanley Kubrick

American Film Institute recognition

  • 1998 AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies #46
  • 2001 AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Thrills #21
  • 2003 AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains:
    • Alex DeLarge, villain #12
  • 2007 AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) #70
  • 2008 AFI’s 10 Top 10 #4 Sci-Fi film

Resources

Complete Movie Script

IMDB Page

Rotten Tomatoes Review Collection

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