Coming up on Saturday at the Described Movies: A Clockwork Orange, and Mean Streets.

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From this Saturday at 12am Eastern, that’s 5pm Saturday in NZ, 3pm in Sydney and 4am in the UK, and repeated every four hours throughout the day, it’s the described movies A Clockwork Orange from 1971, and Mean Streets from 1973.
A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novel of the same name.
It employs disturbing, violent images to comment on psychiatry, juvenile delinquency, youth gangs, and other social, political, and economic subjects in a dystopian near-future Britain.
Alex (Malcolm McDowell), the central character, is a charismatic, anti-social delinquent whose interests include classical music (especially Beethoven), committing rape, theft, and "ultra-violence".
He leads a small gang of thugs, Pete ( Michael Tarn), Georgie ( James Marcus), and Dim ( Warren Clarke), whom he calls his droogs (from the Russian word друг, which is "friend", "buddy").
The film chronicles the horrific crime spree of his gang, his capture, and attempted rehabilitation via an experimental psychological conditioning technique (the "Ludovico Technique") promoted by the Minister of the Interior ( Anthony Sharp).
Alex narrates most of the film in Nadsat, a fractured adolescent slang composed of Slavic languages (especially Russian), English, and Cockney rhyming slang.
The film premiered in New York City on 19 December 1971 and was released in the United Kingdom on 13 January 1972.
The film was met with polarised reviews from critics and was controversial due to its depictions of graphic violence.
After it was cited as having inspired copycat acts of violence, the film was withdrawn from British cinemas at Kubrick's behest, and it was also banned in several other countries.
In the years following, the film underwent a critical re-evaluation and gained a cult following.
It received several awards and nominations, including four nominations at the 44th Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
In the British Film Institute's 2012 Sight & Sound polls of the world's greatest films, A Clockwork Orange was ranked 75th in the directors' poll and 235th in the critics' poll.
In 2020, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick.
Screenplay by: Stanley Kubrick.
Based on: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
Produced by: Stanley Kubrick.
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, and Miriam Karlin.
Cinematography: John Alcott.
Edited by: Bill Butler.
Music by: Wendy Carlos.
Production Companies: Polaris Productions, and Hawk Films.
Distributed by: Warner Bros. (US), Columbia-Warner Distributors (UK).
Release dates: 19 December 1971 (New York City), 13 January 1972 (United Kingdom, and 2 February 1972 (United States).
File Length: 130 minutes.
Countries: United Kingdom, and United States.
Language: English.
Budget: $1.3 million.
Box office: $114 million.
Mean Streets is a 1973 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martin, and starring Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.
It was produced by Warner Bros.
The film premiered at the New York Film Festival on 2 October 1973, and was released on 14 October.
In New York City's Little Italy, a devoutly Catholic mobster must reconcile his desire for power, his feelings for his epileptic lover, and his devotion to his troublesome friend.
De Niro won the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Johnny Boy" Civello.
The film was the first of several collaborations between Scorsese and De Niro.
It was also Scorsese's first critical and commercial success.
In 1997, Mean Streets was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, who deemed it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Directed by: Martin Scorsese.
Screenplay by: Martin Scorsese, and Mardik Martin.
Story by: Martin Scorsese.
Produced by: Jonathan T. Taplin.
Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus, and Cesare Danova.
Cinematography: Kent L. Wakeford.
Edited by: Sidney Levin.
Production company: Taplin-Perry-Scorsese Productions.
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
Release date: 14 October 1973.
File Length: 107 minutes.
Country: United States.
Languages: English, Italian, and Neapolitan.
Budget: $650,000.
Box office: $3 million.
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