A Clockwork Orange: Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

A Clockwork Orange received critical acclaim, made more than thirty
million dollars at the box office, and was nominated for various awards; however,
this esteemed film was outlawed from the nation of Great Britain in order to
curb its immoral content from permeating society. Before all the controversy
began, A Clockwork Orange was a novel, written mostly in Russian, by Anthony
Burgess. Stanley Kubrick is known to critics as a film maker who probes the
dark side of human psyche. Kubrick has also directed films such as Dr.
Strangelove, The Shining, and Full Metal Jacket. In each of these movies the
audience delves into the evil side of the main character. Great Britain had this
film removed from theaters across the country because the government justly
illustrated there was a connection between the movie\'s graphic violence and an
increased crime rate.
In Clockwork . . . , there are unquestionably violent and graphic
actions. Multiple beatings, a rape, and a murder are performed by the lead
characters. These crimes are drug induced. Before going out, the gang goes to
the "milk bar" for some "milk plus" which is riddled with amphetamines. The
first violent act came not more than ten minutes into the movie. It was when
the boys, led by Alex, beat a helpless wino that asked them for some change. The
gang then strode away as if nothing occurred. They struck him repeatedly with
canes and they kicked him a few times to the job. Next, the boys went to see a
rival gang. This other group was in the middle of raping a woman when Alex and
Company came in and intervened. They proceeded to beat the other gang members
to a pulp. Then, they went to the house of a writer, to burglarize it. While
there, they brutalized the writer and his wife. Alex raped the wife in front of
the writer and then started to sing "Sing\'n in the Rain" as he pummeled the old
man. Alex\'s final act of violence came at the house of a rich health spa owner.
The gang went there with the intent of robbing the place, but the woman who
lived there was alert to the scheme and called the police. She attacked Alex
and he defended himself with a sculpture of male genitalia. The fight ended
when Alex crammed the statue in the mouth of the victim, and killed her. These
were some of the more graphic scenes, which aided Britain\'s decision to ban the
Incidents from this film triggered an onslaught of violent crimes across
the country of Great Britain. Numerous copycat crimes were reported which
mimicked to exact detail the grotesque murder and rape scenes found in Clockwork.
The most notable copycat crime was in Britain where a woman was raped and beaten
by a group of thugs who sang "Sing\'n in the Rain" as they carried out their
ruthless act of violence. When questioned by police, one of the thugs commented,
"I got the idea to beat this b**** from a movie I saw." The movie turned out to
be none other than Clockwork....
Stanley Kubrick has also been responsible for additional films that are
bleak, pessimistic, and sometimes terrifying. Not only is this his style, but
it is also his means of conveying a very sublime personal message. Kubrick
believes that contemporary society is a very tragic and violent place. This
message comes across very clearly in Clockwork Orange. It is through this film
that Kubrick explores the nature of violent crime and in doing so brilliantly
satirizes the deterioration of society and its values.
Although Kubrick\'s message may be sincere, his methods exploit the
intentions of video imagery and demean his viewing audience. Films of this
nature have an incredible power to induce its viewers into committing violent
actions. This theory is not ingenuous and has been supported by many prominent
members of the psychological community. For this reason, I believe the film
needs to be formally banned. Although it played to sellout crowds in London for
nearly a year, it introduced weak moral standards and a glorification of
violence to the public. This film was best received by the college aged youths
of Great Britain. This is a very impressionable time in the life of a person and
could influence them into justifying violence and the abuse of women. The
British government made the right decision in banning the movie and protecting
the ailing moral standards of Great Britain.
As stated previously, many scholars believe that A Clockwork Orange
was responsible for a wave