Cinema: The D&233;cor of Tomorrow's Hell

Some movies are so inventive and powerful that they can be viewed again and again and each time yield up fresh illuminations. Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange is such a movie. Based on Anthony Burgess's 1963 novel of the same title, it is a merciless, demoniac satire of a near future terrorized by pathological teen-age toughs. When it opened last week, TIME Movie Critic Jay Cocks hailed it as "chillingly and often hilariously believable." Below, TIME'S art critic takes a further look at some of its aesthetic implications:

STANLEY KUBRICK'S biting and dandyish vision of subtopia is not simply a social satire...

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