by Robert Bell
VINO'S PICTURE SHOW: 'A CLOCKWORK ORANGE'
7:30 p.m. Vino's. Free.
Stanley Kubrick's 1971 classic "A Clockwork Orange" is one of those works that stands out among its contemporaries and even among its creator's massively influential oeuvre.
The film left an indelible mark on the culture not only through the philosophical quandaries it raised, but also via the sinister otherworldliness of the characters, the stunning visual qualities of Kubrick's dystopian vision and the groundbreaking soundtrack by the pioneering electronic musician Wendy Carlos. Based on Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel, it provoked enormous controversy on release, on account of its brutal violence, which is still shocking more than four decades later.
The film was censored in the U.S. and banned in the U.K. for decades. Though it was a hit with audiences and many critics, the film had notable detractors upon release (Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert among them) and does now as well. It's definitely not for everybody, but any film buffs who haven't watched "A Clockwork Orange" owe it to themselves to see it.