Phallic symbols, Singing In The Rain and Beethoven’s Ninth. It can only be one thing: A Clockwork Orange.
Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic vision of Anthony Burgess’ novel A Clockwork Orange didn’t go down too well upon its initial release in 1971. The characters’ penchant for a bit of the ol’ ultra violence, both physical and sexual, caused much controversy in the UK and saw the film pulled from British cinema screens nationwide at the request of Kubrick himself. However, the film’s notoriety helped turn the movie into a beloved cult classic upon its home release in 1999. Its tale of teenager Alex DeLarge, played by If… star Malcolm McDowell, and his droogie friends, who get their kicks from rape and battery, and Alex’s subsequent punishment and attempted rehabilitation into society, has captivated genre fans across the globe.
The controversial theme of A Clockwork Orange isn’t the only thing that attracts cinema lovers. The film features many images that are now synonymous with the movie from the bowler hat, jumpsuit and jockstrap costume of Alex and his droogs to the Korova Milk Bar’s furniture in the shape of the naked female form. Both iconic images were used in the official artwork for the release, both theatrically and later upon its home release, which was designed by Philip Castle and Bill Gold. When the film was pulled from the cinemas, many of the original promotional posters were destroyed but we’ve recently discovered that a few of the original 1971 prints were saved and are now up for sale online from Famous Memorabilia.
Available framed and unframed, the quad posters are in terrific condition despite their age and, needless to say, incredibly rare. The film is now 45 years old and to think that a few of these original posters remain and are available for film fanatics like ourselves to own and treasure is something of a collector’s dream, especially considering the film was banned for 27 years. So if you have some spare cutter, my brother, you might want to treat yourself to a piece of cult cinematic history!