Stanley Kubrick’s A ClockworkOrange (1971) was a big commercial and critical hit inthe US and also the focus of a majorcontroversy. In general The filmexplores the difficulties of unification the conflictbetween social order and individualfreedom.Alexexercises his freedom to be a vicious thug until the State turns him into aharmless zombie no longer able to choose betweengoodand evil.Clockwork Orange has received worldwideacclaim as an important work of art. The Belgian filmcritics gave it their award.
It was chosen by the New York FilmCritics as the Best Film of the year, and Stanley Kubrick received the BestDirector award It received four USA Oscar nominations and seven British AcademyAward nominations. It won the Italian David Donatelloaward. It won the German Spotlight award It won the Hugo award for the BestScience-Fiction movie. Many of the film’s detractors wereworried about the possibility that it could stimulate violentbehavior in the audience. Stanley Kubrick’s ClockworkOrange became a major box office hit. In aninterview with Stanley Kubrick, Michel Cimenta French film critic asked the director (1981) “How do youexplain the kind of fascination that Alexexercises on the audience?” he answers “No one iscorrupted watching A Clockwork Orange any morethan they are by watching Richard III”.
it also encountered a lotof criticism for its explicit depiction of violenceand sex and for what was perceived to be atbest the absence of amoral framework for the depictions, and atworst a celebration of the film’s amoral protagonist (cp. Staiger2003 and Krämer 2011,pp. 31-3, 87-108). The violence in the story has to be givensufficient dramatic weight so that the moral dilemma it poses can be seen inthe right context.
It is absolutely essential that Alex is seen to be guilty ofa terrible violence against society so that when he is in the end transformedby the State Government into an innocuous man you can reach an evocativeconclusion about the relative rights and wrongs