Steven Spielberg: ‘Stanley Kubrick never really leaves’

Steven Spielberg, left, and Stanley Kubrick shooting a scene from "A Clockwork Orange" in 1971. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images and TCM)
This year marks the 40th anniversary of “A Clockwork Orange,” and while some argue that the dystopian satire has lost a bit of its original shock value, Steven Spielberg says the years have only added to the effect of the ultraviolent Stanley Kubrick masterpiece.
“The movie hasn’t worn out its welcome at all,” Spielberg said. “Like all of Kubrick’s films, it’s still a cautionary tale that continues to occur in the world. It was considered a revolutionary film when it came out but not really a prophetic film. But like all of Kubrick’s films it turned out to be more prophetic than is reasonable or comfortable.”
This Friday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen “A Clockwork Orange” at a sold-out tribute to the career of star Malcolm McDowell. (I will be interviewing McDowell on stage before the screening.)
The film was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and revisited by Warner Home Video with a lavish Blu-ray anniversary release.
Spielberg recently visited London and spent time with Christiane Kubrick, the widow of the filmmaker who died in 1999. Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick were good friends and share a number of connections in their careers.
“Stanley is still with all of us … he’s on my mind when I make a movie,” Spielberg said. “Stanley Kubrick never really leaves.”