Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” Turns 40

Now Kubrick has a new movie, taken from the brilliant and shocking novel by British writer Anthony Burgess.  The film is not without its small failings, for a man who makes as many daring leaps as Kubrick is bound to slip from time to time, just as he is insured against ever boring us.  “A Clockwork Orange” is also a characteristically frosty piece of filmmaking, shorn completely of sentiment, working through brilliant ironies and dazzling dramatic ideas that please us, provoke our laughter, galvanize our intellects, win our admiration- but never touch our hearts.

Newsweek January 3, 1972 [Cover photo by Kubrick]