The Movie: A Clockwork Orange (1971)
What Is It?: Stanley Kubrick films the unfilmable, but in a much different way than he did with Lolita or 2001. Kubrick makes a profound statement about the morality of extreme versions of punishment by introducing the world to one of cinema’s most grotesquely immoral characters. Malcolm McDowell plays him with so much charm that you’ll feel really icky for enjoying his company.
Why Today?: On this day in 1930, the Motion Picture Production Code is established. 41 years later, it slapped an X on A Clockwork Orange. Deserved or undeserved? Feel free to debate below.