*Book and DVD, 30.7 x 30.7 cm, with a film poster, 52 x 78 cm, 96 pages
Kubrick’s extraordinary gift for thought-provoking entertainment is the driving force behind A Clockwork Orange, which tells the story of a young man subjected to inhumane treatment to “cure” him of his violent behavior. Each set in the Making of a Masterpiece series comes in a deluxe LP-sized folio and includes the remastered DVD, the original poster, and extensive behind-the-scenes material from Kubrick’s archives.
Based on the futuristic novel by Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange is a masterwork of cinematic satire. When a flamboyant, Beethoven-obsessed, murderous gang leader agrees to undergo experimental violence-aversion therapy in exchange for early release from prison, he winds up “cured” of his own free will. The film’s highly stylized sets, choreographed brutality, and Moog synthesizer score—conceived to heighten the effect of each scene—were so ahead of their time that, to many, they obscured the overall message. In fact, so much controversy over the violent scenes ensued that the film’s notoriety became, itself, the stuff of legend.
From a contemporary perspective, what stands out above all is Kubrick’s extraordinary gift for entertaining us while making us think. To quote Burgess: “Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?” The ethical queries so central to this visionary film are every bit as relevant today, and every bit as difficult to answer. This collection is part of the Making of a Masterpiece series, offering a behind-the-scene glimpse into cinematic milestones.
This set includes:
film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, screenplay drafts, and other exclusive material from Stanley Kubrick’s archives
background about the making of the film, interviews with Kubrick, and an illustrated biography and filmography
a fold-out film poster
a DVD of the remastered film
Alison Castle received a BA in philosophy from Columbia University and an MA in photography and film from NYU/International Center of Photography. She is editor of photography, film, and design titles, including Some Like It Hot, The Stanley Kubrick Archives, Linda McCartney. Life in Photographs, and Marc Newson. Works.