A Clockwork Orange
Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven. Money isn't everything!
The head of a gang of toughs, in an insensitive futuristic society, is conditioned to become physically ill at sex and violence during a prison sentence. When he is released, he's brutally beaten by all of his old adversaries.
Startling. That's the word I'd use to describe this film. In fact, it's startling right from the very beginning. We open on Malcom McDowell's intense, eye-lined stare, and pull out to reveal him in bizarre attire (bowler hat, codpiece, a casual eyeball on his wrist), drinking milk in a bar where tables are mannequinns of women performing graphic sexual acts. We're taken aback already, and we haven't even finished the opening shot.
Kubrick then keeps on startling us. A harsh beating of a homeless man, a comical mass-fight and a speeding car are images that stick in the mind, getting the precise blend of horror, comedy, excitement and disgust in all of them.
What's also particularly startling is Malcom McDowell's…
Burgess's novel is filled with unique language and harrowing acts of violence, so it seemed almost natural that Kubrick would try his hand at adapting it to film. By being faithful to the themes and language in the novel and adding a few strokes of his genius, he has created one of the best adaptions of a piece of literature to film.
It is a difficult novel to get into as Alex and his mates have a language of their own. The film does not compromise here and manages to capture the rich and literate text really well. He sticks so close to it that it at points felt like a re-read of the novel. The way they speak has…
I am so pleased to say I've just experienced A Clockwork Orange in a selected movie theater a few moments ago. This was the first film I had ever seen from Stanley Kubrick and what better way to revisit it than on the big screen? Damn, this restored version looked gorgeous. A Clockwork Orange is such a powerful and thought-provoking film. Not only there are unique and stylish sets / costumes for futuristic Britain, which are always a delight to see, but we also follow the mesmerizing journey of the ultraviolent delinquent Alex DeLarge (brilliantly portrayed by Malcolm McDowell) who seeks for an unconventional treatment as a way to reduce his sentence in jail and get reintroduced to society as…
Historical, controversial, comical, surreal, satirical, disorientating, daring, exciting, exhilarating; the list can go on of ways to describe this film. When watching Stanley Kubrick’s adaption of Anthony Burgess’s Novel, you are witnessing one of the greatest films of all time. Perhaps only through my eyes, but this is definitely among the greats. Full of artistic brilliance and visual images that you will not find in a film before it like it, Kubrick’s careful direction makes this one very exciting film. You get one of the best cinematic experiences when watching the film and it truly defines film as an art. This is a must-see for film lovers of all kinds.
Meet Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) the relentless, Beethoven-loving gang leader…
"There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence." - Alex DeLarge
Let's start with the tagline. Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven. It's a tagline that makes your eyes widen. Your eyebrows raise. A slight smirk arise at the side of your mouth, unsure about what on earth you've just…
I always always go back to A Clockwork Orange. Its cinematography and editing alone have taught me so much and are forever novel in their ingenuity. But even after all the discussion, shot-by-shot analyses, and admiration, this work remains as complex as ever to me.
I think it's misanthropic at its core and is a film begging us for moderation in our lives, showing us both the horrifically destructive yet the optimistically artistic qualities of man. Only when the moderation to control ourselves is blurred do these two extremes of human creation merge together, producing the garish cultural wasteland that is the film's dystopia. And it's perhaps at that moment when the future usefulness of man's cerebral and constructive abilities…
rewatched it 4 lana
I can only say... if Beethoven were alive, he would love it...
Tenía buenas expectativas de por si, y las superó, logran que sientas empatía por un violador y asesino. No me la imaginé tan buena. Me quito el sombrero. Perfectamente dirigida, perfectamente actuada, perfecta historia y perfecto dialogo. Wow.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Hi, hi, hi, Mr. Deltoid!"
What can you say? It's Stanley Kubrick...
"Hi hi hi!" - Alexander DeLarge
Genius film-making by Stanley Kubrick, undoubtedly. Fascinating story, excellent acting by Malcolm McDowell, and very interesting directing from Big Stan. I couldn't look away. Visually, it absorbed me. The opening scene, the zoom out from Alex's eye, with his iconic fake eyelashes, was excellent. Simultaneously, however, as well as being absorbing, it was repulsive. It was fascinating, I was absolutely hooked, but what I was watching was repellent. Sooo much violence and rape and awful awful things. It made me so uncomfortable. It made me sick to my stomach. To have an anti-hero like Alex is a bold move. Fascinating, but you sort of hate every scene, because he is total evil, and he's…