I watched A Clockwork Orange for the first time in a few years last night, and I’m wondering, when is it set? I always assumed that the setting was England is some not-to-distant future, but, as I was watching this time, I noticed a dirth of futuristic technology. Alex goes to a record store that sells vinyl, listens to Beethoven on a minicassette, and the writer uses an electric typewriter. In 1971 (the film’s release date), home computers must have been in the foreseeable future. And, while the home decor is borderline surreal, the characters’ fashion and hair is pretty '70s (blue wig notwithstanding). Their neckties are like 3" wide! Even Alex’s treament used nothing more technologically advanced than eye-spanners and film projectors. I’m pretty sure Burgess didn’t invent aversion therapy.
So, what gives? Usually, period props are used to give a book or movie a sense of a particulr era. In science fiction, directors/authors like to use made-up inventions for invented eras, bu it seems like Kubrick went out of his was to make the movie look its release date. I know inventions aren’t the main thrust of the movie, but other types of technology and the non-contemporary setting are crucial to the plot line. If the movie is set in the future, one’d think that Kubrick would’ve employed some mood-setters to show demonstrate that to the audience.
I haven’t read the book (I’m a simpleton, I know), but in 1962 (its release date. When is it set? The film seems to be sest in an alternate universe England in 1971. Or maybe the movie is set in a stagnant future with no new household-type products.