History Film / AClockWorkOrange

20th Jul '17 9:56:22 AM JulianLapostat
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* NoWomansLand: Dystopic Britain is a lawless world with Medieval-Victorian attitudes to women. Teenage boys rape women walking alone at night, attack those who live alone, and even those who are married (and [[spoiler:commit suicide after being raped]]), while the government and legal institutes more or less tacitly accept women as objects and sex toys, [[spoiler:with Alex at the end being "cured"]].
23rd Jun '17 4:21:05 AM NightShade96
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* SceneryDissonnance: Type 1. A lot of the ultraviolence in the film takes place in picturesque surroundings: the abandoned casino, the writer's modernist house, the cat-lady's art gallery...
20th Jun '17 6:08:57 PM appealus
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* HesBack: Alex's smirk at the end, [[spoiler: realising that the Ludovico technique no longer affects him]].

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* HesBack: Alex's smirk at the end, [[spoiler: realising realizing that the Ludovico technique no longer affects him]].



* HollywoodPersonalityDisorders: Alex has Anti-Social Personality Disorder. He enjoys ultra-violence as a pastime and is this is why he is conditioned to become violently ill if he tries it again. It was the only way to stop him.

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* HollywoodPersonalityDisorders: Alex has Anti-Social Personality Disorder. He enjoys ultra-violence as a pastime and is this is why he is conditioned to become violently ill if he tries it again. It was the only way to stop him.
18th Jun '17 1:17:18 AM Mullane
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The very first shot is Alex leering into the camera while a synthetic funeral march blares on the soundtrack, establishing Alex's strong, hypnotic and thoroughly evil personality before the voice-over even mentions "the old ultraviolence."

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The very first shot is Alex leering sneering into the camera while a synthetic funeral march blares on the soundtrack, establishing Alex's strong, hypnotic and thoroughly evil personality before the voice-over even mentions "the old ultraviolence."



* KickTheDog: The first act of the film is one sustained kick the dog moment for Alex. In the second half, Alex ''is'' the dog.
* KnightTemplar: The government when pushing the Ludovico treatment, being more concerned with reigning in crime than the moral costs.

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* KickTheDog: The first act of the film is one sustained kick the dog moment for Alex. In the second half, and third acts, Alex ''is'' the dog.
* KnightTemplar: The government when pushing the Ludovico treatment, being more concerned with reigning reining in crime than the moral costs.
27th May '17 9:06:00 AM TargetmasterJoe
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** The finale where [[spoiler:Alex jumps out the window and we see a first-person view of Alex jumping out with the camera falling out the window simulating his fall is one for Creator/MaxOphuls' ''Le Plaisir'', whose third story ends this way. Ophuls film is even more elaborate since its a single setup following a girl climbing up the stairs, jumping out the window with the camera hitting the ground. Ophuls was one of Kubrick's favorite film-makers]].

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** The finale where [[spoiler:Alex jumps out the window and we see a first-person view of Alex jumping out with the camera falling out the window simulating his fall is one for Creator/MaxOphuls' ''Le Plaisir'', whose third story ends this way. Ophuls Ophuls' film is even more elaborate since its it's a single setup following a girl climbing up the stairs, jumping out the window with the camera hitting the ground. Ophuls was one of Kubrick's favorite film-makers]].



* SpiritualSuccessor: ''O Lucky Man! (1973)'', starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, bears numerous references to this film: The fact that the main character was reformed in prison and turned into a "Good man", he undergoes medical experiments complete with crazy headgear, also he gets beaten by a mob of homeless people when showing goodwill.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''O Lucky Man! (1973)'', starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, bears numerous references to this film: The fact that the main character was reformed in prison and turned into a "Good "good man", he undergoes medical experiments complete with crazy headgear, also he gets beaten by a mob of homeless people when showing goodwill.
18th Apr '17 2:48:26 PM BatmanKalEl
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* ContrivedCoincidence: In a single succession of events, the day Alex is released from treatment he's kicked out of his parents' house, is found and assaulted by the vagrant, [[CalvaryBetrayal the two policemen who are about to help him are his former cronies who then proceed to brutalize him more]], and he finally limps and takes refuge in the house of the writer. It works well when viewed as [[TropesAreNotBad compressed narrative]] setting up a HumiliationConga.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: In a single succession of events, the day Alex is released from treatment he's kicked out of his parents' house, is found and assaulted by the vagrant, [[CalvaryBetrayal [[CavalryBetrayal the two policemen who are about to help him are his former cronies who then proceed to brutalize him more]], and he finally limps and takes refuge in the house of the writer. It works well when viewed as [[TropesAreNotBad compressed narrative]] setting up a HumiliationConga.
1st Apr '17 8:03:06 PM Eddy1215
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* ContrivedCoincidence: In a single succession of events, the day Alex is released from treatment he's kicked out of his parents' house, is found and assaulted by the vagrant, the two policemen who are about to help him are his former cronies who then proceed to brutalize him more, and he finally limps and takes refuge in the house of the writer. It works well when viewed as [[TropesAreNotBad compressed narrative]] setting up a HumiliationConga.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: In a single succession of events, the day Alex is released from treatment he's kicked out of his parents' house, is found and assaulted by the vagrant, [[CalvaryBetrayal the two policemen who are about to help him are his former cronies who then proceed to brutalize him more, more]], and he finally limps and takes refuge in the house of the writer. It works well when viewed as [[TropesAreNotBad compressed narrative]] setting up a HumiliationConga.


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* GoneHorriblyRight: The Ludovico Treatment succeeding in suppressing his violent tendencies. Unfortunately, [[ALessonLearnedTooWell it worked a little too well]] [[AlwaysNeedWhatYouGaveUp as it left Alex unable to defend himself when he encounters all his former victims who were looking for payback]].
21st Mar '17 4:21:50 PM marcoasalazarm
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* TheLudovicoTechnique: The TropeNamer scene where Alex is brainwashed into becoming non-violent, with a rig keeping his eyes open (and him being tied with a straightjacket) and needing someone to apply drops to his eyes (and interestingly, at one point during filming the rig nearly hurt Mc Dowell's eyes). Nowadays oft given a ShoutOut as a method of brainwashing or torture.

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* TheLudovicoTechnique: The TropeNamer scene where Alex is brainwashed into becoming non-violent, with a rig keeping his eyes open (and him being tied with a straightjacket) and needing someone to apply drops to his eyes (and interestingly, at one point during filming the rig nearly hurt Mc Dowell's eyes). Nowadays oft often given a ShoutOut as a method of brainwashing or torture.
21st Mar '17 4:20:50 PM marcoasalazarm
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* LudovicoTechnique: The TropeNamer scene where Alex is brainwashed into becoming non-violent, with a rig keeping his eyes open (and him being tied with a straightjacket) and needing someone to apply drops to his eyes (and interestingly, at one point during filming the rig nearly hurt Mc Dowell's eyes). Nowadays oft given a ShoutOut as a method of brainwashing or torture.

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* LudovicoTechnique: TheLudovicoTechnique: The TropeNamer scene where Alex is brainwashed into becoming non-violent, with a rig keeping his eyes open (and him being tied with a straightjacket) and needing someone to apply drops to his eyes (and interestingly, at one point during filming the rig nearly hurt Mc Dowell's eyes). Nowadays oft given a ShoutOut as a method of brainwashing or torture.
21st Mar '17 4:19:56 PM marcoasalazarm
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* LudovicoTechnique: The TropeNamer scene where Alex is brainwashed into becoming non-violent, with a rig keeping his eyes open (and him being tied with a straightjacket) and needing someone to apply drops to his eyes (and interestingly, at one point during filming the rig nearly hurt Mc Dowell's eyes). Nowadays oft given a ShoutOut as a method of brainwashing or torture.
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