Though it’s undeniably uncomfortable, the much ballyhooed rape scene in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange is also a tour de force of ballsy and masterful filmmaking.
It all begins when Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his band of reprehensible “droogs” break into the home of a wealthy man and kick the ever-living shit out of him. Left in a heap of pain and pinned to the ground, he’s forced to watch as Alex, who’s gleefully crooning “Singin’ in the Rain,” cuts holes into the breast areas of his wife’s top and sexually violates her.
It takes a genius like Mr. Kubrick to pair such a pleasant song with such a horrific act. The result, while tough to watch, is damn brilliant.