This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in England.

No less than an epic look at society is created in Lindsay Anderson’s third and most provocative lm. Malcolm McDowell, though practically on screen throughout, displays a solid grasp of character and nuances. He is rst a salesman, then guinea pig to sci- ence, assistant to a great business tycoon, railroaded to prison as a fall guy, converted to near saintliness, almost martyred and then returned to conformism by an almost mystical reaching of understanding through a Zen-Buddhist-like happening.