On the dreary outskirts of the London of the future, a gang of thugs tyrannises the neighbourhood. The leader, Alex, however, is not without his detractors within the group and after a murder, his “Droogs” turn their backs on him. In prison, Alex is subjected to a new form of therapy, sensitising him to the sound of Beethoven’s “Ninth”. Back on the streets, he narrowly escapes a revenge attack by previous victims of his violence. After recovering from a suicide attempt, Alex is considered “cured” ... Bowler hats and combat boots, worn with white jersey. The Droogs’ aggressive uniforms hold a special place in the collective memory of moviegoers and fashionistas. But for her debut film, Milena Canonero created many more elements of a “mask of violence” for the protagonist Alex. In 2006, Marisa Buovolo wrote, “they ranged from a futuristic outfit as a terrifying costume for his violent acts, to a blood-red, Edwardian-style coat as an opulent expression of his virility, to a shabby suit symbolising his loss of self-determination and final fusion with the seemingly flawless mask of government power”.
Great Britain / USA 1971
136’ · Colour · 35 mm
Malcolm McDowellPatrick MageeAdrienne CorriMichael BatesWarren ClarkeJames MarcusMichael TarnCarl Duering
Polaris Productions, Inc./Hawks Films Ltd.
Copy: Warner Bros. Pictures Germany, Hamburg