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How "A Clockwork Orange" killed my friendship with Stanley Kubrick

Jeremy Bernstein - Scientist

We were pretty good friends. It kind of had… we kind of had… I don't know, not exactly a falling out, but a cooling off with Clockwork Orange. I went to see the preview of Clockwork Orange and I was terribly disturbed by it. It was the uncut preview, it...was really disturbing. So he said, 'Well, how'd you like the film?' I said, 'Jesus, Stanley, I mean, you know, you can't like that film. It's… you know, it's a terrible experience to see that film'. Then he got quite annoyed with me about that and then that was sort of the end of whatever friendship we had, I'm afraid. It's a pity. And I felt like when I heard Bertrand Russell.... I heard Betrand Russell talk at Harvard and he had a disagreement with [John Maynard] Keynes, and then he said, 'Shortly thereafter, Lord Keynes died'. And I thought, 'Well, that's what happened to me'. Kubrick died. He died.

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