A Clockwork Orange
Future society film about juvenile delinquency is adapted from the 1962 novel by Anthony Burgess. Stanley Kubrick’s meditation on the use of classical conditioning to prevent a violent free will purports to be an alleged satire, but it unwittingly revels in our main character’s sadistic nature at the same time. Malcolm McDowell is our anti-hero, Alex, an inhuman monster of a man. While his victims are dehumanized, we are oddly invited to feel pity when he gets his subsequent comeuppance. Although disturbing and still very potent today (A gang rape scene is especially difficult to watch) this technically impressive film is impossible to ignore. Despite being highly controversial when released, film still managed to receive 4 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.