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HERO BOWLER HAT WORN BY Malcolm McDowell

PLEASE NOTE:This item is currently on display at the BARON'S HAT museum in Los Angeles, California. http://www.baronhats.com

Bowler hat worn by Malcolm McDowell in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange during the Billy Boy gang fight scene. Labelled G.A. Dunn & Co. London, with crimson silk lining. Costume designers (Milena Canonero) pen inscription on the inner band. Signed by McDowell on the top of the hat including the inscription 'ALEX', obtained directly from McDowell.


A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) Warner Brothers. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess's novel, complete with "Nadsat" slang. Classical music-loving proto-punk Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," such as terrorizing a writer, Mr. Alexander (Patrick Magee), and gang raping his wife (who later dies as a result). After Alex is jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady (Miriam Karlin) to death with one of her phallic sculptures, Alex submits to the Ludovico behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence through watching gory movies, and even his adored Beethoven is turned against him. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims, with Mr. Alexander using Beethoven's Ninth to inflict the greatest pain of all. When society sees what the state has done to Alex, however, the politically expedient move is made. Casting a coldly pessimistic view on the then-future of the late '70s-early '80s, Kubrick and production designer John Barry created a world of high-tech cultural decay, mixing old details like bowler hats with bizarrely alienating "new" environments like the Milkbar. Alex's violence is horrific, yet it is an aesthetically calculated fact of his existence; his charisma makes the icily clinical Ludovico treatment seem more negatively abusive than positively therapeutic. Alex may be a sadist, but the state's autocratic control is another violent act, rather than a solution. Released in late 1971 (within weeks of Sam Peckinpah's brutally violent Straw Dogs), the film sparked considerable controversy in the U.S. with its X-rated violence; after copycat crimes in England, Kubrick withdrew the film from British distribution until after his death. Opinion was divided on the meaning of Kubrick's detached view of this shocking future, but, whether the discord drew the curious or Kubrick's scathing diagnosis spoke to the chaotic cultural moment, A Clockwork Orange became a hit. On the heels of New York Film Critics Circle awards as Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, Kubrick received Oscar nominations in all three categories

If you have any A CLOCKWORK ORANGE props for sale, please feel free to contact me as I am always interested in expanding, changing and trading my collection.





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Old 04-16-2012, 05:34   #2 (permalink)
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Very Classy piece,,, Nice Goinng,
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:12   #3
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Very Classy piece,,, Nice Goinng,
Thank you, that means a lot. You have what I consider to be the best collection in the business.
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Old 04-30-2012, 14:23   #4
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The only other original Alex's costume piece I've ever seen was at the Kubrick Exhibition held at the Paris Cinematheque last year... It was Alex's cane. The rest of the suit displayed there was a replica, this to say this piece you own is awesome !
Impressed I truly am.

Congrats from a "2001 : A Space Odyssey" collector and Kubrick fan !

Fred

PS : I voted 5 stars on this item, it really deserves it.
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Old 04-30-2012, 17:31   #5
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The only other original Alex's costume piece I've ever seen was at the Kubrick Exhibition held at the Paris Cinematheque last year... It was Alex's cane. The rest of the suit displayed there was a replica, this to say this piece you own is awesome !
Impressed I truly am.

Congrats from a "2001 : A Space Odyssey" collector and Kubrick fan !

Fred

PS : I voted 5 stars on this item, it really deserves it.
Thank you so much Mr. FREEDOM, I really appreciate that. Please go visit the hat at Barons Hat museum if you are ever in the Los Angeles area, they have on display some of the worlds most iconic film hats there. I'm glad the public gets to see this truly iconic piece of film memorabilia.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:50   #6
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Thank you SaveH !
Too bad (for once) that I live in Europe, I dont think I'll be able to see this hat in person in LA before a looooong time... but I'll always be able to admire it here from time to time, that's not that bad after all !

Fred
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