- Publisher: Warner Home Video (October 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419832255
- ISBN-13: 978-1419832253
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,821 customer reviews
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A Clockwork Orange
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Kubrick died in 1999, long before smartphones and before the web had grown to what we take for granted today. So it's ironic that he's quoted as saying: "Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all." If he were here today he'd see that billions of people have taken his advice and put their creativity up on YouTube, Vimeo and elsewhere. Kudos to Kubrick :)
We still find the blood lust a fascinating human trait, and celebrate it in literature, art and cinema and practice it in our daily lives. What I believe is the most pertinent example of the "bully boys" of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE are the school children who bring their weapons to school and decimate their classmates....were they inspired by the uberviolence of Burgess's characters or other horror sharers, or was it a mental abberation that was put into play along with the support of the society that gave them access to weapons of death?
There are many caveats presented in the film that would require a wake up call to the viewers, but like the freeway driver who slows down to stare at an accident across the road, we are mesmerized by the violence but rarely connect it with the real world.
Kubrick has stepped back from pointing a finger or condemning an action by overemphasizing the inherent madness that plays itself out with these lost "boys" and presents an almost comedic sneer at the stupidity and lack of humanity that has almost become second nature to society today. Many say that this novel and CATCHER IN THE RYE are the reason that so many of the disenfranchised turn to violence and murder. I say there has to be a glitch somewhere in the brain of many that points them towards destruction if they are not dealt with by those who have an ability to re-structure certain behaviors. Our brain is teachable, changeable and capable of creating some of the greatest gifts to humankind.....A CLOCKWORK ORANGE takes it all, mixes it into a dystopian world and leaves it up to the viewer to make their own decision.....or lets them skip down the road singing in the rain......this is a thinker of a film!!!!!