A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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MAJOR CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frank discussions of sexual violence, abuse, torture and rape, and contains sound clips from the film that suggest similar themes. It also deals with possible gaslighting and manipulation on set. If any of these subjects make you uncomfortable or are triggering in any way, we recommend not listening until you feel safe and comfortable listening. Please stay safe and take care of yourselves.
This week, we take on Stanley Kubrick’s most controversial film, 1971’s A Clockwork Orange. Largely considered an unfilmable novel, Kubrick’s uncompromising vision and incredible visual eye are on full display - and so is his problematic style of directing. It’s not a stretch to point to this film as the moment that turned Kubrick and made him at best negligent and at worst, a monster. Yet the absolute power of Malcolm McDowell’s charm is so captivating, and the film’s style so stunning, that somehow you can’t look away. This may be the single most difficult film we’ve ever reviewed, and it’s glorious in its mediocrity. Join us for a fascinating discussion of an audacious and problematic film on Macintosh & Maud Haven’t Seen What?!
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Clips used from the film A Clockwork Orange, Copyright 1971 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Polaris Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.
Clips from “Title Music for A Clockwork Orange,” based on Henry Purcell’s “Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary,” and “March from A Clockwork Orange (Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement, Abridged),” both composed and performed by Wendy Carlos © 1972 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Clip from “Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol. 2, No. 4 in D minor, HWV 437 - Sarabande (Main Title of Barry Lyndon)” composed by George Frideric Handel and performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Rosenman. © 1975 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Clip from “Titles” taken from the soundtrack to Chariots of Fire written and performed by Vangelis. Copyright 1981 Warner Brothers Music, Ltd. & Spheric, B.V.
Clip from “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)” taken from the soundtrack to The Empire Strikes Back composed by John Williams, who conducted the London Symphony Orchestra. © ℗ 1980 Lucasfilm Ltd.
Clip from “Atom Heart Mother” written and performed by Pink Floyd. ℗ © 1970, 2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd.
Clip from “Leonard” taken from the soundtrack to Full Metal Jacket, composed by Abigail Mead (aka Vivian Kubrick). © 1987 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.