“A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.“—Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ iconic novel is still counted among the most unique film adaptations of all time, almost fifty years after its release. Kubrick applied his fiercely original vision to Burgess’ ideas and the result was a work of unparalleled aesthetic qualities. The visceral nature of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange is an achievement of the highest order.
A 30-minute documentary called Making A Clockwork Orange takes a closer look at the controversial film, one that Kubrick himself pulled from distribution in the United Kingdom because it allegedly inspired multiple copycat crimes. A film about “the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven” is a pretty difficult project to undertake and Kubrick had to work with a relatively low budget of $2.2 million.
Kubrick and his team had the massive job of constructing a futuristic dystopian London as well as the bizarre youth culture that existed beneath the surface. The people who worked on the production described the director as a “sponge” who would absorb every idea offered to him.
Instead of working from a script, he took inspiration from the novel and explored each page to come up with possible visual approaches. Kubrick’s team carefully went over each and every cinematic aspect in order to create the masterpiece we know and love today.
Watch the documentary, here.