The musical piece is a version of Purcell`s The Funeral of Queen Mary and is almost shocking in the realisation that electronic music could be so chilling and forbidding; it conveys within the first two minutes the stylistic and emotional vision of Kubrick`s film.
The film is closely based upon Anthony Burgess`s dystopian nightmare novel of the same name, and the issues it raises are as relevant today as when it was first made. It may not be to everyone`s taste but it asks important questions about the type of society we want to live in, and what we are prepared to do – or not do – to preserve and protect our hard earned freedoms against rising social and political pressures.
If you haven`t got the patience to read the book, at least check out the film, if only for it`s fabulous stylised combination of electronicized classical music and film. The whole effect is truly magical.