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Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 6, 2011 at 1:22AM

Malcolm McDowell, 67, has been on the PA circuit of late, scooping up award tributes and riding the PR swell for the 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of my favorite Stanley Kubrick film, 1971's A Clockwork Orange and Antoine de Gaudemar and Michel Ciment's doc Once Upon a Time… Clockwork Orange. They both screened at Cannes, where McDowell taught a master class.
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Malcolm McDowell, 67, has been on the PA circuit of late, scooping up award tributes and riding the PR swell for the 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of my favorite Stanley Kubrick film, 1971's A Clockwork Orange and Antoine de Gaudemar and Michel Ciment's doc Once Upon a Time… Clockwork Orange. They both screened at Cannes, where McDowell taught a master class.

Video interview and trailers below.

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Still to come is yet another career achievement award on July 16 at the Maine International Film Festival, which will screen A Clockwork Orange, Lindsay Anderson's O Lucky Man!, 1991 Cannes Russian entry Assassin of the Tsar, and Mike Kaplan's 2007 Cannes doc of McDowell's one-man show about Anderson, Never Apologize.

Here's Kaplan's 2007 Guardian feature on working with Anderson, who discovered McDowell with 1968's If and died in 1994. Next spring, McDowell will finally get his star on Hollywood Boulevard.

McDowell talks A Clockwork Orange:

Never Apologize trailer:

[Never Apologize poster art by Andre Carillho.]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.