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Once Upon a Time… A Clockwork Orange

Directed by Antoine de Gaudemar

France, 2011

Cornerhouse, 27 June 2012

Once Upon a Time… A Clockwork Orange

Quite an interesting documentary, focusing on Stanley Kubrick’s cult film and on the director’s own unique approach to cinema.

Interviews with Malcolm McDowell, the star of the film, Kubrick’s widow and colleagues, as well as Anthony Burgess, the author of the novel, grace the film.  Various cultural commentators also chip in.

Kubrick’s work was characterised by constant experiment and innovation and A Clockwork Orange, conceived as a prophetic film, seems strikingly inventive and transgressive even today.

Élisabeth Roudinesco, author of Our Dark Side: A History of Perversion (reviewed here), was in the cultural commentators’ camp.  An admirer of the film, she stressed its ambivalence and refusal to simplify.

By the end, you have an appetite to seek out the film and read Burgess’s book, so the documentary can be said to have done its job.

The film is showing as part of the Anthony Burgess and Cinema season.