A Clockwork Orange
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Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess's novel, complete with "Nadsat" slang. Classical music-loving proto-punk Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," such as terrorizing a writer, Mr. Alexander (Patrick Magee), and gang raping his wife (who later dies as a result). After Alex is jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady (Miriam Karlin) to death with one of her phallic sculptures, Alex submits to the Ludovico behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence through watching gory movies, and even his adored Beethoven is turned against him. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims, with Mr. Alexander using Beethoven's Ninth to inflict the greatest pain of all. When society sees what the state has done to Alex, however, the politically expedient move is made.
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In Stanley Kubrick's chilling adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, an ultra-violent sociopathic hooligan named Alex, who murders a woman in her home, has his 15 year prison sentence set aside when he submits to the Ludovico Technique. This method of aversion brainwashing renders him incapable of committing violence, touching women or enjoying his beloved "lovely, lovely Ludwig van." An unforeseen result of behavior modification is that Alex becomes a pawn of those trying to overthrow the Interior Minister and his government.
One of the finest soundtracks ever includes several pieces by Wendy Carlos. Kubrick's absolute best!
I saw this futuristic frighter at an afternoon matinee during its first week of release. It's a vivid 40-year-old memory due to the unique conditions of that showing, which was at a first generation multiplex called the Showcase Cinemas. The projectionist who ran it must've really loved "Clockwork Orange," for the sound was turned up louder than on any movie I had seen before or have been to since. The deafening roar in that top-of-the-line auditorium stays with me 40 years later, as does the sympathetic nausea I experienced with Alex while the disconcerting Wendy Carlos piece, "Timesteps" blared and in a special movie just for his clamped open eyes the "red, red krovy ran real harasho."
End results: 1.) I left the theater with my head a-spin and hearing slightly damaged. 2.) Saw this film a dozen times more that year but was disappointed when the audio was never as loud. 3.) The A CLOCKWORK ORANGE Motion Picture Soundtrack is an all-time personal favorite. (That Ludovico stuff really works!)
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.
(8.4) A Clockwork Orange (UK/USA-1971) - Malcolm McDowell/Patrick Magee/Sheila Raynor/Philip Stone/Michael Bates/Warren Clarke/Aubrey Morris/Anthony Sharp/Warren Clarke/James Marcus
Also, but kind of secondary, is the society in which the story takes place. All adults are required to work, and the new-pubescents are left to run thugh the cities mostly unsupervised to...explore their changing bodies and new (biologically) mature male and female identities. So its not just that the boys are brutes and rapists: the girls are whores and display near their crotches the names of the guys theyve screwed.
The novel is short and an easy read. I recommend it. It is narrated by "little Alex", just like in the movie. Or vice verce.
This futuristic, artsy joy ride is very unique in many ways. The storyline is one I could never imagine, I could never guess at what would happen next! The costumes and set designs have a futuristic 60's feel - I was complimenting a lot of details as I watched. Malcolm McDowell and cast were superb.
I gave this movie 4-stars out of 5 due to all the female nudity. The movie has a strong erotica theme throughout including scenes involving sexual violence (**definitely not suitable for youngens**). I am not a stuffy conservative when it comes to that sort of stuff, but as a woman, I felt it was a bit overdone.
for the ages. The message is that people should be held accountable for their choices, but not having a choice is worse than a bad choice. Many
think it was glorifying evil or violence, but I strongly disagree. This DVD updated the old one I had and is a great improvement in quality.