GOMMI ARCADE SCI-FI FRIDAY:
A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 British-American film written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, adapted from Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent images to comment on psychiatry, juvenile delinquency, youth gangs, and other social, political, and economic subjects in a dystopian future Britain.
Plot Summary: In futuristic London, Alex DeLarge is the leader of his “droogs”, Georgie, Dim, and Pete. One night, after getting intoxicated on “milk plus” (milk laced with drugs), they engage in an evening of “ultra-violence”, including beating an elderly vagrant and fighting a rival gang led by Billyboy. Stealing a car, they drive to the country home of writer F. Alexander, where they beat Mr. Alexander to the point of crippling him for life. Alex then rapes his wife while singing “Singin’ in the Rain”. That night, his droogs express discontent with Alex’s petty crimes, demanding more equality and more high-yield thefts. Alex reasserts his leadership by attacking them. Later Alex invades the mansion of a wealthy “cat-lady”, while his droogs remain at the front door. Alex bludgeons the woman with a phallic statue. Hearing police sirens, Alex tries to run away, but Dim smashes a pint bottle of milk across his face, leaving him stunned and bleeding. Alex is captured and beaten by the police. A gloating Deltoid spits in his face after he informs him that the woman died in the hospital, making him a murderer. Alex is sentenced to 14 years incarceration.