Dystopian Dreams. Kubrick’s Legacy Lives On

John ALCOTT A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell Gelatin Silver Print 15 x 25 cms (5.90 x 9.83 ins) 1971

Famous for ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘Dr. Strangelove’, Kubrick’s legacy lives on in this selection of vintage film set photographs. Kubrick’s films are characterised by a formal visual style and meticulous attention to detail. His later films often have elements of surrealism and expressionism that eschews structured linear narrative. They are repeatedly described as slow and methodical, and are often perceived as a reflection of his obsessive and perfectionist nature. A recurring theme in his films is man’s inhumanity to man. While often viewed as expressing an ironic pessimism, a few critics feel his films contain a cautious optimism when viewed more carefully.

Photographer John Alcott was an award-winning set director on A Clockwork Orange. The film takes place in futuristic Britain, where characters experiment with forms of psychological perversion and extreme violence. The film is visually Surreal, and the plot even more dream-like in its exploration of freedom and control.

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