Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Screening format: DCP (136 Minutes)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Writers: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Anthony Burgess (novel)

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates

"Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven."

In an England of the future, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," while jauntily warbling "Singin' in the Rain." After he's jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady to death, Alex submits to behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims.

After the screening, there was a Q&A with actor Malcolm McDowell, which was moderated by Department of Film and Media Studies faculty member Ross Melnick.

A Clockwork Orange Movie Trailer

Anthony Burgess Discusses A Clockwork Orange


Malcolm McDowell is an English actor, known for his boisterous and sometimes villainous roles. He trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Throughout a career spanning over fifty years, McDowell has played various film roles across different genres as a character actor. He is perhaps best known for the controversial roles of Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971), the title character in Tinto Brass's Caligula (1979), and Mick Travis in Lindsay Anderson's trilogy of if.... (1968), O Lucky Man! (1973), and Britannia Hospital (1982). He is also known for his work in Cat People (1982), Tank Girl (1995), the 2007 remake of Halloween, Easy A (2010), and The Artist (2011).

McDowell has had recurring roles in numerous TV shows, such as Star Trek Generations (1994), Entourage (2004), Heroes (2006), and The Mentalist (2008). He narrated the 1982 documentary The Compleat Beatles, and in recent years has become a prolific voice actor in films, TV shows, and video games. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

Ross Melnick specializes in media industry history and analysis, film, radio, and television history, archival theory and practice, silent cinema, early radio and media convergence, newsfilm, and U.S. and global film exhibition. His most recent book is American Showman: Samuel ‘Roxy’ Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935 (Columbia University Press, 2012). His articles have been published in Cinema Journal, Film History, The Moving Image, and Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (forthcoming).