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A Clockwork Orange

Uhrwerk Orange

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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”.

Stanley Kubrick

United Kingdom / USA 1971


136’ · Colour · 35 mm

Rating R16


Malcolm McDowell
Patrick Magee
Adrienne Corri
Michael Bates
Warren Clarke
James Marcus
Michael Tarn
Carl Duering


Written and Directed by
Stanley Kubrick, adapted from the novel “Clockwork Orange” (1962) by Anthony Burgess
John Alcott
Bill Butler
Walter Carlos
Brian Blamey
Production Design
John Barry
Art Director
Russell Hagg, Peter Sheilds
Milena Canonero
Wardrobe Supervision
Ron Beck
Fred Williamson, George Partleton, Barbara Daly
Stanley Kubrick

Produced by

Polaris Productions, Inc./Hawks Films Ltd.

Copy: Warner Bros. Pictures Germany, Hamburg