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A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Screening With Malcolm McDowell

Friday Aug. 6 @ Murray Theater


Calling all droogs: Brush up on your Nadsat vocab, because Alex has called a meeting Friday at the Murray Theater. It’s true: Malcolm McDowell himself will appear to kick off the 40th Anniversary Tour of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

The controversial 1971 film—based on the novel by Anthony Burgess and starring McDowell as the antisocial Alex—earned a reputation for glorifying violence and sex, and, of course, caused an uproar among God-fearing folks. Its original version received the MPAA’s X rating until Kubrick edited out 30 seconds of sex. As most ACO-philes know, the unedited version is the one available on DVD and shown at screenings.

Interesting then, that four decades later—although the film remains unsettling even in these days of torture porn and Disney pop stars, and with lead droog McDowell showing up for the occasion—that probably no one will show up to protest. Is it because, after all this time, the message—what constitutes “good” and “evil,” and is it morally proper to force a man into changing his inherent leanings—finally sank in? Or have we all become desensitized?

These are surely good questions to put to Mr. McDowell if he deigns to entertain an audience Q&A. Then again, instead of analyzing the film, maybe it’s better to get drooged-up, don your eyeliner and sneak Milk Chugs into the film and just dig the ultraviolence … 

A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Screening With Malcolm McDowell @ Murray Theater, 4959 S. State, Murray, 800-888-8499, Aug. 6, 7 p.m. $40-$50. IEConcerts.com or 24Tix.com.