Clockwork Orange

13th January 1972 UK premiere

Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ was released in 1971, based on Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel of the same name. The film has become a cult classic, famed for its’ ‘ultra-violence’ themes.

Despite being nominated for a best picture award at the 44th Academy Awards, in 1973 the film was withdrawn from British release at the request of Kubrick when it was cited as an influence on copycat violence, Kubrick stated: “To try and fasten any responsibility on art as the cause of life seems to me to put the case the wrong way around. Art consists of reshaping life, but it does not create life, nor cause life. Furthermore, to attribute powerful suggestive qualities to a film is at odds with the scientifically accepted view that, even after deep hypnosis in a posthypnotic state, people cannot be made to do things which are at odds with their natures.”

The poster for Clockwork Orange was created by Philip Castle, a British airbrush artist who has also created work for projects as diverse as Tim Burton’s ‘Mars Attacks’ to album covers for David Bowie and Wings., and Bill Gold, a graphic designer whose work spans all the way back to James Cagney’s ‘Yankee Doodle Dandee’ and includes the classic ‘Casablanca’ Castle talks about the process of creating the poster and working with Kubrick here.

Clockwork Orange Phillip Castle
Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange

While taking the general theme of the original novel, the movie poster re-imagined elements featuring Malcom McDowell, who played the lead role Alex, but has been re-imagined massively over the years.

This movie is another that has inspired the creative community to develop a mass of alternative movie posters in a wide range of different styles.

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