From a cinema point of view, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971) has a lot to answer for. Banned in the UK for decades and criticized as overly violent, it was nevertheless a hugely influential film.
And I'm not just talking about cinema; it was massively influential on music. To wit:
- Portions of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust character were inspired by some of the imagery and attitudes displayed in the movie.
- The all-electronic score, composed by Walter Carlos, became a template for all kinds of proto-electronica bands in the 1970s.
- I can think of several bands that took their name from scenes in the film (Heaven 17, Haircut 100, Moloko, Malchicks, Ultra Violence, Korovo Milk Bar, for example)
- Alex, the main character, is a music fan--albeit one of classical music, especially Beethoven. He fantasizes about violence and rape while listening to music.
- A pivotal scene takes place in a record store.
- Dozens of music videos copped from the film. (Click here for some examples)
If you haven't seen A Clockwork Orange, you should. If you have, you'll be interested in this documentary on the making of the film.