Movie A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Watched 20110119 (Netflix, Instant)
Watched 20160625 (Netflix, Instant)
A Clockwork Orange (1971) Stanley Kubrick. 136 min [botnotsn (1962) by Anthony Burgess]

Alex (Malcolm McDowell)
Relevant Links:
A Clockwork Orange (IMDb.com)
A Clockwork Orange (film) (Wikipedia.org)
A Clockwork Orange (Wikipedia.org)

20110119: [20110121][20160626 Edit]
I don't know what to say about this film. I don't think I've seen a movie like it before.


Well, this film called Cremaster 4 (1994) by Matthew Barney came to mind (see The Cremaster Cycle (Wikipedia.org) or the official website). But unlike Cremaster, this film was violent.

This movie was quite visual. Art on the walls and out-of-the-ordinary furniture in rooms helped create the dystopia.

According to Wikipedia, the movie kept the ending of the book as it was first published in the U.S., without the last chapter.


Though I'm not sure which ending would have worked better. In some sense, the message as presented is that a world with choice is better than a world that only allows good.

20160625:
While I didn't understand every little detail, I feel like I walked away from this viewing with a better understanding than when I watched it last. In my previous entry, I seemed to have mentioned the main theme of the story in passing.

Pete (Michael Tarn), (Dim (Warren Clarke), Alex, Georgie (James Marcus)
However, the ending really is the fundamental turn-around to all that transpires within the film.

Furthermore, I don't believe the missing 21st chapter is a departure from the entire story, but a reinforcement of what can happen outside of the government's or society's meddling.

In any case, I previously gave the film a 5-star rating on Netflix and would continue to keep it as such.


Although some scenes are thematically violent, they're shot in good taste and the film as a whole is a must-see.

Instant Comments:
Lashes on his right eye and not on his left eye
"It was around by the derelict casino that we came across Billyboy and his four droogs. They were getting ready to perform a little of the old in-out, in-out on a weepy young devotchka they had there."
The music that accompanies the violence creates a confusing sensation


That's a brawl.
Quite a performance of "Singin' in the Rain."
Lol. When he goes shopping, there's the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Hehe. In the time it takes them to put all their clothes back on, he takes it right back off.
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Look! It's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
While they neutralized his sense of violence which makes it appropriate to send him back into society, they took away his choice.
Technically he still has thoughts about violence and sex, but just feels the sickness soon thereafter.
"Choice. The boy has no real choice, has he? Self-interest, the fear of physical pain drove him to that grotesque act of self-abasement. Its insincerity was clearly to be seen. He ceases to be a wrongdoer. He ceases also to be a creature capable of moral choice."


Oh no. He spilled the beans with "Singin' in the Rain."
"Won't you join me?" "No, my health doesn't allow it."
"No time for the old in-n-out, love, I've just come to read the meter."

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