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In 1971’s controversial "A Clockwork Orange,” Malcolm McDowell captured the mocking insincerity of Alex DeLarge to perfection. However, earlier in the film’s development Mick Jagger, and several supporters, made a large push for Jagger to star as DeLarge.

Mick Jagger

"A Clockwork Orange" is easily prolific author Anthony Burgess's most famous novel and one that he wrote based on a painful, personal incident. Despite rumors to the contrary, Burgess didn't hate Kubrick's film version but thought it was a masterpiece from a genius director.

Anthony Burgess

In an interview, Stanley Kubrick explained that free will was the film's central theme. The movie’s title refers to a person who looks organic but is "only a clockwork toy to be wound up by the God or the Devil."

Free Will

There was concern that the film would lead to an uptick in copycat violence. Kubrick was forced to defend allegations, saying, "I know there are well-intentioned people who sincerely believe that films and TV contribute to violence, but almost all of the official studies of this question have concluded that there is no evidence to support the view.”

Copycat Violence

Despite Kubrick’s feelings on copycat violence, in 1973 he removed "A Clockwork Orange" from circulation in UK theaters, and it wasn't shown in that country for three decades. Kubrick’s decision came after the horrific rape of a girl vacationing in the UK by a gang of youths as they allegedly sang "Singin' in the Rain" led to this decision.

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