Kubrick, basing his film on Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel of the same name, rocked the film industry with his use of disturbing, violent, psychotic images. “A social satire dealing with the question of whether behavioural psychology and psychological conditioning are dangerous new weapons for a totalitarian government to use to impose vast controls on its citizens and turn them into little more than robots,” Kubrick once in Saturday Review when asked to describe the film. “It is a story of the dubious redemption of a teenage delinquent by condition-reflex therapy. It is, at the same time, a running lecture on free-will,” he continued.
The film was met with initial fury as its controversial and explicit sexual scenes were deemed too extreme for cinema. Despite initially being passed for UK cinema in the December 1971, the film was withdrawn from British release in 1973 by Warner Brothers at the request of Kubrick in response to allegations that the film was responsible for copycat violence.
Now though, the film will be back in UK cinemas from April 5 and the BFI have shared a new trailer which can be seen below.