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A Clockwork Orange

Hello dear readers, and welcome to another Friday Film. Today, we’re going back to the early seventies with Stanley Kubrick’s sensational and controversial A Clockwork Orange (1971).

The film is based on Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novel of the same name, and stars Malcolm McDowell as delinquent Alex DeLarge. Alex’s passions in life are Beethoven, rape and “ultra-violence”, and he narrates the film in his own special language, which is an amalgamation of Slavic, English and Cockney rhyming slang. Alex and his “droogs” (his equally violent buddies) run around wreaking havoc upon a dystopian future England until the former is caught and is forced to participate in an experimental psychological trial which is supposed to “cure him” of his violent tendencies. Things don’t always work out according to plan though…

The film is a social commentary on youth gangs and their violence, as well as psychiatry. It questions morality and the concept of “goodness”, and is critical towards behavioural psychology. It features quite a lot of nudity and some very disturbing violence, and is as such not suitable to the exceedingly squeemish. It is however, a wonderful and extremely interesting film, because of the plot and themes as well as the innovative and now iconic costumes, the visually stylised cinematography and the technical innovation employed by director Kubrick.

A Clockwork Orange was critically praised upon release, but it simultaneously sparked a lot of controversy due to its heavy use of violent images and nudity – which some reviewers said to be there just for titilation. Some also commented on changes made in transition from novel to film, but that is criticism every film adaptation of a plot from another media is bound to face. It continues to be one of the world’s most famous and popular film titles, currently residing at number 55 on imdb’s Top 250-list. As I’ve said, it may not be a film suitable for all audiences, but luckily, the trailer is!

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you could do worse than to check out this Kubrick classic!

Love, Mari

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