April 29, 2019 - 6:30 pm
The Tropic’s Monday Night Classics for April are a trip: we’re focusing all month on “Altered States”—and the series concludes with Stanley Kubrick’s violent, darkly comic classic “A Clockwork Orange.”
Classical music-loving proto-punk Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on “a little of the old ultraviolence”—at least until Alex is forced to submit to the infamous Ludovico behavior modification technique, and we find out the state is capable of plenty of its own violence.
Released in late 1971, the film both entranced and horrified critics. The London Evening Standard captured the reaction: “What our nightmares have accustomed us to see in dreams, Stanley Kubrick’s A’ Clockwork Orange’ shows us in broad daylight. It is one of the most unsettling films in the whole of cinema.”