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For 1971, this was very daring and provoked much controversy. I guess that today, the scenes of violence and sex are somewhat old hat. Those aspects of this movie are merely a backdrop for the deeper... Read more issues it addresses. The sexual hangups of the 70s prevented censors from seeing this.
On the surface, it is a movie about sexual violence, and psychopathic behaviour. But it raises profound questions about psychiatric treatment, especially the use of aversion therapy and intrinsic goodness. At one point Alex wants to be good, but clearly aversion therapy produces only classically conditioned behaviours that do not arise out of "goodness". It slams psychiatry (as it should), which at best adjusts patients to societal norms without addressing their deeper issues, which is what we see with Alex's rehabilitation.
I was curious as to where the title csme from. In Burgess' novel, which was the basis for this movie, he borrows his title from an old cockney saying "As qu**r as a clockwork orange". Unbelievably, Fatso will not allow me to use the full word as given by qu**r, but I'm sure you know what the word is. Have we really moved forward in the 4 decades since this movie?
Pretty bleak outlook on young people in the future, but could pose a very true reality. this movie is a classic dystopian film and I appreciate the directors artistic vision however, he did use a lot... Read more of offensive images ie rape, that would have caused very mixed reviews in the year of its realease. It is
questionable whether or not he needed to take it to that extent as some of the images are derogatory to women but in all it leaves you thinking about the society of future times and also today.
Interesting is the word I would best describe this film. I had not previously seen it but had heard good (and bad) things about it. Cerainly the violence side is quite extreme and I can see why it... Read more shocked so many movie goers in the 70s and was banned from a lot of countries for many years. That said that violence scale is not as high these days and certainly I have seen far more violent films (although the rape scenes are quite graphic). Stand out is Malcolm McDowell as Alex the leader of the the Drogues and someone who considers violence to be a way of life. Given a 14 year jail term for murder he opts to be "re-educated and cured" using a new method of what is essentially brainwashing. This turns him into someone who is actually physically sickened by violence and sex which has repurcussions for him down the track. The film is very Stanley Kubrick with unusual film angles and use of music to create a surreal world. As a peice of film history it is worth having a look as it is for McDowells chilling performance.
I have read the book first and loved it so much that I wanted to watch the film. The film director decided to exclude last few chapters of the book (which was one of my favorite parts) and made it into... Read more some kind of horror fiction from another dimension - thus only two stars...
I strongly recommend people to read the book, it is one of the best novels of 20th century and definitely worth reading.
Also, if you liked the movie 'Brazil' then you probably would like this movie too.
A novel by Anthony Burgess becomes a shocking and violent journey in the hands of directorStanley Kubrick, this film follows the extreme experiences of a young and rebellious teenager living a clearly... Read more dysfunctional life in the 60s.
Beginning with an immersive view of the drug taking which fueled Alex and his gang's repulsive behavior, which colours and distorts our view as the violence and victimization seen through Alex's eyes becomes art and beauty. Alex is a beautiful and terrifying character, intelligent and cultured, merciless and twisted.
Inevitably a murder is committed and our narrator and star is convicted, Alex is no longer in control and he hates it. Clasping at straws Alex finds solace in religion, not for its message but to feed the need for violence and persecution he needs so much. Seeming a worthy candidate for rehabilitation to the staff he is offered the chance to undergo an experimental technique to rid him of his sick perversions which will also ensure his freedom.
The controversial technique associates violence and sex with terror and pain in an extreme fashion, with some unexpected consequences for both the experimenters and the experimented upon. We follow Alex in his reform and return to life which has not forgotten his crimes.
This film explores the basics of free will, ethics and questions the innate nature of human beings. It is strange and confronting, it is sometimes hard to watch, Stanley Kubrick has bought an intense psychedelic masterpiece to life from a novel which is deep and thought provoking and utter genius. This combination makes 'A Clockwork Orange' a classic cult-ish and contraversial work of art, perhaps appreciated most by those who watch film to be enlightened and challenged.
I saw the beginning of this film years ago and thought it was pretty disturbing so never finished watching it. I eventually watched it all recently and it's bizarre funny and disturbing a real classic... Read more movie, the directing, cinematography and script are great I would definitely reccommend this movie, and can now see why it won so many awards.
Glad I finally saw it. The violent parts had certainly stood the test of time and still deserved the R18 rating, however the dialogue was very drawn out and the style of speech got to be quite infuriating.
Terrible movie, i didnt enjoy it at all. Dont recommend it.
Have been meaning to watch this one for MANY years, glad I did for curiosities sake at least. What a load of absolute RUBBISH. Poor script, poor acting (could hardly understand what the 'actors' were... Read more saying throughout the movie) and one of the WEIRDEST most BIZZARE films ever. Some of the violence and sex/rape were pretty tame by todays 'standards'.Am unable to comprehend the 4-5 star reviews for this CRAP (each to his own I guess). NOT RECOMMENDED.
Disturbing...check, strange...check, interesting...check, graphic...check, average acting...check, don't watch again...check!
Watched this as had heard about it and a friend dressed up as Clockwork... Read more Orange at a fancy dress so was intregued as to what it was all about. Deserves the R18 rating. Glad I watched it and can see how it was a phenomenal film for its time. Wouldn't watch again though. Once is enough.