❉ Watch the BFI’s brand new trailer for the cult film,back in cinemas from 5 April.
Released by the BFI in cinemas around the UK from 5 April 2019, this will be the first UK-wide re-release of A Clockwork Orange since 2000. The release is part of a retrospective Stanley Kubrick season at BFI Southbank (1 April – 31 May) and coincides with Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at The Design Museum (26 April – 15 September) which the BFI is partnering with.
Starring Malcolm McDowell as gang leader Alex, Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ decline-of-civilisation novel A Clockwork Orange (1971) remains a chilling, thrilling and unsettling cinematic vision of nihilistic violence and social control. In a flamboyantly stylised near-future, gangs of disenfranchised teenagers indulge in narcotic cocktails and revel in acts of ‘ultraviolence’. With A Clockwork Orange Kubrick was striving to deconstruct classic Hollywood narratives and create a cinema that behaved like music – in doing so he created a new, viscerally disturbing mode of storytelling.
Here’s the poster:
The film is the latest Kubrick title to be re-released by the BFI in a long-running partnership with Warner Bros., which has already brought thousands of people back into cinemas to see 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and Barry Lyndon over the past few years.
The BFI re-release of the film, on Friday 5 April, will be further contextualized by an event as part of BFI Southbank’s regular Philosophical Screens series. The event, on Tuesday 16 April, will see our regular film philosophers look at the violence and black humour in the film through a philosophical lens, exploring the ethics of watching violence onscreen, the representation of violence in the film and its impact on such issues as censorship.
Stanley Kubrick season at BFI Southbank
❉ A definitive two month season at BFI Southbank, 1 April – 31 May 2019, featuring screenings of Kubrick’s feature films, plus his three short films, with screenings on celluloid wherever possible
❉ UK-wide BFI re-release of A Clockwork Orange, back in cinemas from 5 April
❉ UK-wide Park Circus re-release of Dr. Strangelove, back in cinemas from 17 May, accompanied by a new short film Stanley Kubrick Considers The Bomb, produced and directed by Matt Wells for Park Circus
❉ Complementary season of ‘Kubrickian’ films running at BFI Southbank
❉ Season in partnership with The Design Museum, coinciding with the opening of Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, and including Kubrick Now – a series of events at The Design Museum and BFI Southbank
The BFI focus on the work of STANLEY KUBRICK will also include a definitive two month season at BFI Southbank, with screenings of Kubrick’s feature films, plus his shorts; with screenings on celluloid when possible. Running alongside the season will be a series of ‘Kubrickian’ films, featuring work by directors such as Christopher Nolan, Lynne Ramsay, Jonathan Glazer and Paul Thomas Anderson.
Stanley Kubrick films screening in the season at BFI Southbank:
❉ Day of the Fight (1951) – a short doc about boxer Walter Cartier during the height of his career
❉ Flying Padre (1951) – a short doc about a Catholic priest whose parish is so large that he has to travel by light aircraft from one isolated place to another
❉ The Seafarers (1953) – a short doc commissioned by the Seafarers International Union
❉ Killer’s Kiss (1955) – a film noir revolving around a has-been boxer and a dance-hall dancer
❉ The Killing (1956) – film noir about an ex-con trying to steal $2 million in a racetrack robbery scheme
❉ Paths of Glory (1957) – after refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses a group of soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them
❉ Spartacus (1960) – epic historical drama, written by Dalton Trumbo, and inspired by the life story of the gladiator Spartacus
❉ Lolita (1961) – a jet-black satire adapted from Vladimir Nabokov’s highly controversial novel
❉ Dr. Strangelove (1964) – the classic Cold War satire starring Peter Sellers in three roles
❉ 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – the seminal sci-fi epic written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke
❉ A Clockwork Orange (1971) – the chilling adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ decline-of-civilisation novel
❉ Barry Lyndon (1975) – the majestic story of the rise and fall of Barry Lyndon set in 18th-century Europe
❉ The Shining (1980) – the infamous psychological horror film starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall
❉ Full Metal Jacket (1987) – set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, two U.S. Marines, Joker and Pyle, struggle through boot camp under their abusive drill instructor
❉ Eyes Wide Shut (1999) – his final film, released posthumously, featuring a fragile relationship played out by then-couple Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
❉ AI (Steven Spielberg, 2001) – while not directed by Kubrick, AI features in the season due to Kubrick’s prolonged attempts to adapt Supertoys Last All Summer Long, the short story on which it was based; after years of development work by Kubrick, he handed the project to Spielberg who completed the film two years after Kubrick’s death.
Also on extended run at BFI Southbank will be Dr. Strangelove (1964), re-released by Park Circus in selected cinemas UK-wide from 17 May. The re-release will be accompanied by a new short film, Stanley Kubrick Considers The Bomb, produced and directed by Matt Wells for Park Circus, which considers how Kubrick responded to society’s widespread concern about nuclear war and transformed it into his irreverent comic masterpiece. The short features contributions from those who knew Kubrick best, including Katharina Kubrick, Jan Harlan and journalist and author Eric Schlosser.
The season coincides with Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, taking place at The Design Museum from 26 April – 17 September. BFI Southbank and The Design Museum will partner on the season to produce an exciting and illuminating series of events taking place at both venues.
The Design Museum is hosting a series of events including a panel discussion on the designers that Kubrick collaborated with and a look into Kubrick’s London. The museum’s Friday late on 5 May will also be dedicated to Kubrick, with the exhibition open until 8pm.
❉ News source: BFI Publicity
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