Who else but Stanley Kubrick could successfully direct an ultra-stylish, sci-fi cult film about the impossibility of redemption in the absence of freely willed sin? In a shabbily futuristic British welfare state, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) leads a gang of juvenile delinquents through nightly
rounds of beatings, rapes and, as they call it, "ultraviolence." The lads wear motley uniforms--jumpsuits fitted with codpieces--and speak in a bizarre patois that combines elements of colloquial Russian with Cockney rhyming slang; Alex hates school but loves Beethoven, whose music he associates
with sexual violence. Among their victims is a prominent writer (Patrick Magee); they ...