A Clockwork Orange
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Stanley Kubrick's striking visual interpretation of Anthony Burgess's famous novel is a masterpiece. Malcolm McDowell delivers a clever, tongue-in-cheek performance as Alex, the leader of a quartet of droogs, a vicious group of young hoodlums who spend their nights stealing cars, fighting rival gangs, breaking into people's homes, and raping women. While other directors would simply exploit the violent elements of such a film without subtext, Kubrick maintains Burgess's dark, satirical social commentary. We watch Alex transform from a free-roaming miscreant into a convict used in a government experiment that attempts to reform criminals through an unorthodox new medical treatment. The catch, of course, is that this therapy may be nothing better than a quick cure-all for a society plagued by rampant crime. A Clockwork Orange works on many levels--visual, social, political, and sexual--and is one of the few films that hold up under repeated viewings. Kubrick not only presents colorfully arresting images, he also stylizes the film by utilizing classical music (and Wendy Carlos's electronic classical work) to underscore the violent scenes, which even today are disturbing in their display of sheer nihilism. Ironically, many fans of the film have missed that point, sadly being entertained by its brutality rather than being repulsed by it. --Bryan Reesman
Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and historian Nick Redman
Channel 4 documentary: Still Tickin’: The Return of Clockwork Orange
New featurette: Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making A Clockwork Orange
Career profile: O Lucky Malcolm!
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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.