This is an original UK quad poster for the 1971 dystopian crime film directed by Stanley Kubrick A Clockwork Orange. This poster is particularly notable as Warner Brothers banned the film in the UK in following a request from the director in response to major protests in the UK. This history makes this poster particularly rare and collectable. Furthermore, it is in excellent condition.
The film tells the story of Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and the horrific violent crimes sprees he and his gang partake in. Alex is eventually captured and agrees to psychological therapy in return for a reduced sentence. In the programme he is injected with nausea-inducing drugs and made to watch violence, similar to the type he had committed. It is while in this therapy that his eyes are clamped open. This scene has been the source material for many of the film’s cinema posters.
The poster listed here is from the year of the films first release in 1972. The poster is designed by Philip Castle who later designed album covers for David Bowie and Pulp. The pointed pyramid and focus on human eyes reflect the grotesque pop art that is intertwined throughout the film.