Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange is often a touchy subject between myself and some of my film-enthusiast friends. As a fan of the film, I often find myself defending its audacity and sense of humor as a satirical work. In return, some of my aforementioned friends point to the film’s iconic “Singin’ in the Rain” scene in arguing two things: 1) the film goes too far in making its “point” and 2) that I have a sick sense of humor.
Regardless of your feelings towards the film and/or that particular scene, it’s hard to deny the unsettling first impression and lasting impact that they have on you as an audience member. As a result, I was delighted to hear Malcolm McDowell describe the five-day shoot that eventually lead to the controversial scene in his own words. Even if you’ve already read our interview with McDowell and Leon Vitali (if you haven’t, be sure to check it out by clicking here), I recommend hitting the jump to see the former talk about the events that helped lead to one of Kubrick’s most memorable scenes.
Here’s the video of Malcolm McDowell describing the five-day shoot that eventually lead to A Clockwork Orange‘s “Singin’ in the Rain” scene: