History Film / AClockWorkOrange

29th Dec '16 3:46:29 AM Solle
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''A Clockwork Orange'' is a 1971 film by Creator/StanleyKubrick based on [[Literature/AClockworkOrange the eponymous 1962 novella]] by Creator/AnthonyBurgess. In a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopic]] future where [[TeenageWasteland street crime is rampant and youths are uncontrollable]], teenage sociopath Alex [=DeLarge=] (Creator/MalcolmMcDowell) and his "Droogs" [[TeensAreMonsters prowl the night spreading terror and destruction wherever they go]]. By daybreak, Alex returns home to his [[AdultsAreUseless vapid parents]], who turn a blind eye to his activities, and enjoys his second favorite thing in the world: classical music. On one particular night, his gang brutalizes some people they find on the street, then steal a sports car and drive out to an isolated mansion to torture and rape the resident couple. They finish the night off at their local watering hole, where they sip milk laced with narcotics.

Things are going swimmingly for Alex until his gang begins to chafe under his leadership. Alex is still content with pointless violence, but the gang is starting to grow up and think about making a profit. After a fight for supremacy, he reasserts himself as the leader, but bows to the gang's interest in robbing a wealthy widow's house. Alex takes the lead in the robbery, but the widow discovers him, leading to a fight. As the gang flees, they betray Alex and leave him for the police to apprehend. At the station, the police inform Alex that the widow died of her injuries, making him a murderer. He is quickly sentenced to a lengthy prison term.

In prison, Alex settles into his old habits, pretending to be a model prisoner while plotting his return to violence. When he discovers that the government is planning to test an experimental treatment on a prisoner in exchange for freedom, Alex jumps at the opportunity. The prison chaplain warns him not to volunteer, claiming that no external force can turn a man good, but Alex is only interested in getting free and returning to his murderous ways.

The treatment turns out to be a nightmare. Alex is constantly injected with drugs that make him sick while watching scenes of violence in a theater. His mind soon associates violence and sex with the sickness, causing a Pavlovian response. Particularly abhorrent is the fact that he inadvertently relates the classical music on the soundtrack with the sickness as well. When the procedure is complete, Alex cannot even think about violence, physical or sexual, without suffering from [[RestrainingBolt crippling illness]], rendering him harmless to society. He also can't listen to his favorite music without intense pain.

Alex's case is controversial. His own prison chaplain argues against the procedure, and other critics agree that removing Alex's capacity for moral choice has not turned him good, but reduced him into a programmable machine. The government, however, is only interested in the bottom line of cutting down crime. They release Alex into the world, still evil to his core, but without the ability to defend himself against all his enemies and former victims. His fate ultimately proves the self-defeating nature of the government's program.

Infamously, the film cuts out the epilogue that was present in the original version of the story [[ExecutiveMeddling due to it being removed from many editions of the book in its early international release]]. It involved major CharacterDevelopment and something resembling a HappyEnding for Alex. Though Burgess apparently contacted Kubrick towards the end of production, the director preferred the ending that he had left planned, claiming the original diluted the message in the story. Whether this was a [[PragmaticAdaptation good move]] on Kubrick's part varies from viewer to viewer.

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''A Clockwork Orange'' is a 1971 film by Creator/StanleyKubrick based on [[Literature/AClockworkOrange the eponymous 1962 novella]] by Creator/AnthonyBurgess.

In a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopic]] future where [[TeenageWasteland street crime is rampant and youths are uncontrollable]], teenage sociopath Alex [=DeLarge=] (Creator/MalcolmMcDowell) and his "Droogs" [[TeensAreMonsters prowl the night spreading terror and destruction wherever they go]]. By daybreak, Alex returns home to his [[AdultsAreUseless vapid parents]], who turn a blind eye to his activities, and enjoys his second favorite thing in the world: classical music. On one particular night, his gang brutalizes some people they find on the street, then steal a sports car and drive out to an isolated mansion to inflict torture and rape on the resident couple. They finish the night off at their local watering hole, where they sip milk laced with narcotics.

Things are going swimmingly for
residents.

Alex until his gang begins to chafe under his leadership. Alex is still content with pointless violence, but the gang is starting to grow ends up and think about making a profit. After a fight for supremacy, he reasserts himself as the leader, but bows to the gang's interest in robbing a wealthy widow's house. Alex takes the lead in the robbery, but the widow discovers him, leading to a fight. As the gang flees, they betray Alex and leave him for the police to apprehend. At the station, the police inform Alex that the widow died of her injuries, making him a murderer. He is quickly sentenced to a lengthy prison term.

In prison, Alex settles into
for his old habits, pretending to be a model prisoner while plotting his return to violence. crime soon after. When he discovers that the government is planning to test an experimental treatment on a prisoner in exchange for freedom, Alex jumps at the opportunity. The prison chaplain warns him not opportunity -- until the treatment turns out to volunteer, claiming that no external force can turn be a man good, but Alex is only interested in getting free and returning to his murderous ways.nightmare.

The treatment turns out to be a nightmare. Alex is constantly injected with drugs that make him sick while watching scenes of violence in a theater. His mind soon associates violence and sex with the sickness, causing a Pavlovian response. Particularly abhorrent is the fact that he inadvertently relates the classical music on the soundtrack with the sickness as well. When the procedure is complete, Alex cannot even think about violence, physical or sexual, without suffering from [[RestrainingBolt crippling illness]], rendering him harmless to society. He also can't listen to his favorite music without intense pain.

Alex's case is controversial. His own prison chaplain argues against the procedure, and other critics agree that removing Alex's capacity for moral choice has not turned him good, but reduced him into a programmable machine. The government, however, is only interested in the bottom line of cutting down crime. They release Alex into the world, still evil to his core, but without the ability to defend himself against all his enemies and former victims. His fate ultimately proves the self-defeating nature of the government's program.

Infamously, the film cuts out the epilogue that was present in the original version of the story [[ExecutiveMeddling due to it being removed from many editions of the book in its early international release]]. It involved major CharacterDevelopment and something resembling a HappyEnding for Alex. Though Burgess apparently contacted Kubrick towards the end of production, the director preferred the ending that he had left planned, claiming the original diluted the message in the story. Whether this was a [[PragmaticAdaptation good move]] on Kubrick's part varies from viewer to viewer.
Burgess remains unhappy about the film adapation, and later re-released the novel with added commentary about its hermeneutics.
27th Dec '16 8:23:27 AM Saveelich
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* MeaningfulName: Dim is both BookDumb and DumbMuscle.
19th Nov '16 10:45:07 PM SydJones
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* IdiotBall: In the film, he sings "Singin' in the Rain" in the bath, having sung it during the attack which triggers off an almost Pavlovian response in the writer. He then proceeds to tell the writer's associates about his weakness for Beethoven's Ninth, which they immediately put to use against him.
19th Nov '16 9:22:23 AM TrollBrutal
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* VillainProtagonist: Alex can be seen as one, at least at first.

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* VillainProtagonist: At first, Alex can be seen as one, at least at first.is a murderer, a rapist, and a thug utterly remorseless about his crimes. Then the government robs him of his freedom of choice and the categorization becomes murkier.
19th Nov '16 9:17:20 AM TrollBrutal
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* AssholeVictim: Alex. He's a murderer, a rapist, a thug and utterly remorseless about his crimes.
19th Nov '16 9:03:35 AM Aurelian
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never learn what became of Pete, Alex's other droog. [[spoiler:Alex meets Pete in the final chapter of the novel; Pete has given up violence and now has a fiancee, which encourages Alex to give up his old ways too]].
14th Nov '16 3:40:45 PM Aurelian
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* KarmaHoudini: Alex's droogs avoid any punishment for the crimes they commit with him at the start of the movie, and two of them end up with cushy jobs in the police, where they are free to abuse their authority.
14th Nov '16 3:23:06 PM Aurelian
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* BiblePunk: In prison, Alex fantasises about taking part in Old Testament battles and coming home to a harem of exotic women.

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* BiblePunk: In prison, Alex fantasises about taking part in Old Testament battles battles, being a Roman soldier torturing Jesus and coming home to a harem of exotic women.


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** The shouty prison guard when he describes Alex as a "right brutal bastard" and sees through his cosying up to the prison chaplain by feigning interest in the Bible.
14th Nov '16 3:18:23 PM Aurelian
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* MaleFrontalNudity: Alex strips off when he is processed on his first day in prison.
14th Nov '16 3:02:59 PM Aurelian
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* AssholeVictim: Alex. He's a murderer, a rapist, a thug and utterly remorseless about his crimes.
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