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Is “cinema rage” the latest symptom of the collapse of civility? For some critics, Trainspotting has been both the nauseatingly impressive revelation of the year and proof that the underclass cannot get much lower. It struck them like a smack in the gob. To me, it was a sort of Clockwork Orange II, in which Stanley Kubrick’s dandyism and Anthony Burgess’s skittish nastiness were replaced by a nihilism which almost dispensed with any notion of decency. The only hopeful sign was that it was brilliantly acted. A sheet full of shite could hardly have been thrown more expertly in the…

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