A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick (1971, 136 min.). Malcolm McDowell gives an iconic performance as Alex, a violent "droog" who commits unforgivable atrocities. Alex’s magnetic personality and love for Beethoven’s symphonies creates a profoundly disturbing effect on us: we root for this character despite his actions. He further garners our sympathies after the government performs inhumane experiments on him, which suppresses his penchant for violence. Kubrick’s central argument that individual freedom must be granted no matter what the consequences are is why the film remains influential and socially significant today. Digital presentation.