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A Clockwork Orange


Roger Davidson

Clockwork Orange, A
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Based on Anthony Burgess' classic novel, "A Clockwork Orange" is one of Stanley Kubrick's best films. Malcolm McDowell plays the lead role of Alex, a young punk, who spends his nights beating and raping people. He indulges in Beethoven and young women, and detests drunks and bums. Eventually, his gang betrays him to the police and he spends a couple of years in prison. Near the end of his prison term, some doctors use him for experiments, which force him to watch violent movies, while strapped to a chair with his eyes forced open. Alex gains a new reflex, which makes him become sick every time he wishes to do violent things. He is let out into society, but is cast out by his parents. Forced to live on the streets, he runs into old enemies, who wish to get even in the worst ways possible.

At the time this was released, it was a little to strong for some people to stomach and is still potent today. Kubrick makes good use of the camera, showing in bizarre ways the violent underworld of Alex. McDowell's performance is amazing. First, you loath Alex. Then, you feal sorry for him when he cannot defend himself against the people who hate him. The film shows that, in the end, it's the state that is much crueler than Alex. This is not an enjoyable experiance, but certainly an interesting one. The graphic scenes of violence are right up there with The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover. Like Blue Velvet, this is a word of warning on how bad violence is, and should be watched very closely, so that you can get the message of the film. A true Kubrick masterpiece, A Clockwork Orange will stand out in your mind, long after you've seen it.

My Rating = Four Stars

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