- A Clockwork Orange 1971
Stanley Kubrick’s take on a near future Britain raised a lot of eyebrows, for better or worse inspired a generation, and made one hell of an impression. Getting banned in Ireland, Singapore South Korea, and South Africa, Kubrick himself also pulled the movie from the U.K. do to death threats he was receiving. Depictions of violence and rape litter the film, or as it is called in the movie “ultra-violence.” Based on a novel by Anthony Burgess, this flick follows Alex and his gang of “droogs” as they commit a string of violent crimes including assault, battery, and rape. After getting arrested following a home invasion, Alex is sent to prison on a 14 year sentence. A couple years pass and he agrees to become a test subject for an experimental aversion therapy that is supposed to help him recover and reform in two weeks’ time. Given injections of drugs while strapped to a chair, eyes propped open, he is forced to watch films of sex and violence while listening to his favorite music, and the scenes nauseate him. This dystopian crime thriller is full of artistic imagery amidst the violence and is quite a remarkable film.