It is not possible to enforce morality: either in an individual, or in a society in general. Not possible to change the human nature either, or to obtain a societal order by depriving people of the freedom of choice.
420 characters isn't enough for me to be able to express my feelings about A Clockwork Orange. With every viewing, I learn more from this film and marvel even more at its beauty, at Kubrick's ingenuity and of course at McDowell's perfect face. And the transition of this story from book to film is seamless. That is amazing. This will forever be my favourite film.
I DON'T CARE WHAT. THIS IS A PIECE OF FILMMAKING IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD AND MY REASON TO LOVE THE MOVIES SO PRETTY MUCH MY FAVORITE
"He will be your true christian." An exploration of only one (Kubrick himself believed there were 5) of the principal causes fo violence: the biological view. All other causes, original sin, economic disparity, emotional frustration and evolution, become slave to Alex's natural propensity. So, to call it a complex exploration of violence is inaccurate. The book doesn't make this same claim as outright or allow the biological cause of violence to coat the narrative quite as opaquely. Lacks the cohesion, precision and direction his other films do. This is, of course, on purpose and does do the piece justice in many ways. But I find it ties the film too closely to the period in which it was made. Whereas, in his other works, the setting and place are finite (absolute) and play an integral part in the actions of the character, here, in a maze of funhouse of mirrors, Alex's setting is glazed over -he is as he is. Motive is unimportant in many other of Kubrick's films, but here it becomes a one-note symphony. I do absolutely LOVE the third act -and the rest of the movie for that matter- but it is not the perfect orchestration many of his other films are.
A landmark classic exploring the deep and inherent darkness that lies in each one of us. A visual and formal masterwork, this is one of Kubrick's shining moments in film. Another one of those "rite of passage" films that must only be watched when the viewer is good and ready. Malcolm McDowell turns in a demanding performance that he pulls off flawlessly and the set design and cinematography are one to brag about too.
Saw it when I was a young teen, after reading the book. I thought the movie was lame, and abusive. The disrespect Kubrick gave his audience, set the tone for punkish, no-wave movies of the 80s. Clockwork and Dawn of the Dead made me callus and insensitive to violence and gore. That being said, watch it with "Barry Lyndon", as they are both Picaresque type stories, Clockwork being a satire of this satirical form.
The violence is probably what most focus on, and with just cause since there haven't been films that horrify as much. I'm interested in Kubrick's thoughts on this: is he glorifying? presenting it cynically? morbidly? I think it's become a style (that has influenced directors like Fincher), but it does so with a message, a moral. I think it works, especially if one is conscious of how horrible the acts are in reality.
I grew up watching this movie...I think for its time it is an amazing piece of cinema, HOWEVER, that being said, Stanley Kubrick should have read the European version of the novel, so that he could have read the chapter that was removed here in the states. You kind of miss the mark when you only tell part of the story.
Like Buñuel said, the best film that has ever been made about postmodernism and all related to it. ________ How odd, i just realized Roman Polanski appears in this film! just 10 or 12 seconds but he is there.
The world is sterile and boredom rampant and violenceis the only cure for the tedium in this dystopian future. Pomposity and hand wringing and an arm waving visual style still amount to a struggle to remain in your seat as you try to watch it. Kubrick was an occasionally brilliant director, to be sure, but this is a comedy with no punchlines, only a a punching bag, which is the audience.
I'm not male, so I don't think I could ever rate this five stars. Parts of it I just can't relate to. That said, I loved this film. It casually slid into the theme that was thread throughout without screaming a moral. It was shamelessly vulgar, but necessarily so. Somehow, the viewers are kept at the same pace as the main character (protagonist?) which kept it intriguing.