A Clockwork Orange

A sensation when it came out in 1971 (particularly in Britain, where it was blamed for youth violence), Kubrick’s treatment of the Anthony Burgess novel is suitably dark and chilly. The theme of repressed humanity—however violent and ugly that humanity might be—matched perfectly with the director’s cool, clinical gaze. Malcolm McDowell’s performance is an unhinged, bratty marvel, and part of the movie’s cautionary accomplishment is to make us feel sympathy for this thug—and contempt for the politely authoritarian society that bends him to its will. Movie screens at midnight. (R) BRIAN MILLER

Fri., May 14; Sat., May 15, 2010

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