History Trivia / AClockWorkOrange

7th Oct '17 1:13:26 AM JulianLapostat
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* CreatorBacklash: In an introduction to a later edition of the book, the author called it "pornographic" and an "embarrassment." He considers its main entertainment value to be from "raping and [[{{gorn}} ripping]]." Elsewhere, he reflected that he "should not have written this book" due to the dangers of it being misinterpretated. He was also peeved that it was his most famous work, when he felt he had written better books, and that the wider public only knew him as the man who wrote the book upon which Stanley Kubrick's ''A Clockwork Orange'' was based.

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* BlackSheepHit: Thanks to the film, ''A Clockwork Orange'' is the book Burgess is most well-known for, when it is not really representative of his work, nor is it considered by, Burgess himself and other critics, to be among his best works (that includes ''Earthly Powers'' and his novels on Creator/ChristopherMarlowe and Creator/WilliamShakespeare).
* CreatorBacklash: In an introduction to a later edition of the book, the author called it "pornographic" and an "embarrassment." He considers its main entertainment value to be from "raping and [[{{gorn}} ripping]]." Elsewhere, he reflected that he "should not have written this book" due to the dangers of it being misinterpretated.misinterpreted. He was also peeved that it was his most famous work, when he felt he had written better books, and that the wider public only knew him as the man who wrote the book upon which Stanley Kubrick's ''A Clockwork Orange'' was based.



* DisownedAdaptation: Creator/AnthonyBurgess himself was critical of the film, for what he saw as its glorification of sex and violence. He was unhappy that Kubrick omitted the book's final chapter (as had the first American edition of the book), which gave Alex some redemption, wanting to give up his old violent ways and looking forward to having a wife and a son, whom he hopes does not turn out like him. The fact that he had sold the film rights for a pittance and stood to gain nothing from the film's success probably didn't warm him to it much either.

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* DisownedAdaptation: Creator/AnthonyBurgess himself was critical of the film, for what he saw as its glorification of sex and violence.
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He was unhappy that Kubrick omitted the book's final chapter (as had the first American edition of the book), which gave Alex some redemption, wanting to give up his old violent ways and looking forward to having a wife and a son, whom he hopes does not turn out like him. The fact that he had sold the film rights for a pittance and stood to gain nothing from the film's success probably didn't warm him to it much either.
** What really upset him was Kubrick's behaviour since during production and in the run-up to the release, Kubrick had courteously asked Burgess help for the promotion but when the backlash arrived, Burgess was made to answer questions by the media while Kubrick holed up his ReclusiveArtist shtick, which Burgess, not without justice, saw as a cheap move and he didn't like the fact that he had to spend more time than he wished for a movie he didn't care for, based on a book that he didn't like, for more or less no gain and without any thanks.
16th Sep '17 5:57:33 PM ClintEastwood
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* CreatorBacklash:
** The film was the subject of much media hype linking it to violent crimes. After Creator/StanleyKubrick received death threats, along with hearing of the news of two copycat crimes involving the rape of a Dutch girl in the hands of men singing "Singin' in the Rain" and the beating of a 16 year old boy who, while dressed as Alex, beat another boy, he withdrew the film from screening in the UK, even suing arthouse theatres that tried to show it. The ban was only lifted after Kubrick's death.
** Anthony Burgess himself was critical of the film, for what he saw as its glorification of sex and violence. He was unhappy that Kubrick omitted the book's final chapter (as had the first American edition of the book), which gave Alex some redemption, wanting to give up his old violent ways and looking forward to having a wife and a son, whom he hopes does not turn out like him. The fact that he had sold the film rights for a pittance and stood to gain nothing from the film's success probably didn't warm him to it much either.

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* CreatorBacklash:
The film was the subject of much media hype linking it to violent crimes. After Creator/StanleyKubrick received death threats, along with hearing of the news of two copycat crimes involving the rape of a Dutch girl in the hands of men singing "Singin' in the Rain" and the beating of a 16 year old boy who, while dressed as Alex, beat another boy, he withdrew the film from screening in the UK, even suing arthouse theatres that tried to show it. The ban was only lifted after Kubrick's death.
** Anthony Burgess himself was critical of the film, for what he saw as its glorification of sex and violence. He was unhappy that Kubrick omitted the book's final chapter (as had the first American edition of the book), which gave Alex some redemption, wanting to give up his old violent ways and looking forward to having a wife and a son, whom he hopes does not turn out like him. The fact that he had sold the film rights for a pittance and stood to gain nothing from the film's success probably didn't warm him to it much either.
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* DisownedAdaptation: Creator/AnthonyBurgess himself was critical of the film, for what he saw as its glorification of sex and violence. He was unhappy that Kubrick omitted the book's final chapter (as had the first American edition of the book), which gave Alex some redemption, wanting to give up his old violent ways and looking forward to having a wife and a son, whom he hopes does not turn out like him. The fact that he had sold the film rights for a pittance and stood to gain nothing from the film's success probably didn't warm him to it much either.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Different people wanted to adapt the book before Kubrick. This included one version featuring Alex and his droogs as wealthy old men and another version that would have been used as a vehicle for ''Music/TheRollingStones''.

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Different people wanted to adapt the book before Kubrick. This included one version featuring Alex and his droogs as wealthy old men and another version that would have been used as a vehicle for ''Music/TheRollingStones''.
17th Jun '17 7:09:09 AM Gosicrystal
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* AccidentallyAccurate: While mini-cassettes never took off as a music medium, the music store Alex visits almost seems to have anticipated the return of vinyl records some 40 years later. Ditto for Alex's apartment, now that elements of 1970's decor have found their way back into style as well.

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* AccidentallyAccurate: AccidentallyCorrectWriting: While mini-cassettes never took off as a music medium, the music store Alex visits almost seems to have anticipated the return of vinyl records some 40 years later. Ditto for Alex's apartment, now that elements of 1970's decor have found their way back into style as well.
11th Jun '17 11:53:36 AM nombretomado
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* TheRedStapler: Sales of [[{{LudwigVanBeethoven}} Beethoven's]] 9th Symphony went up after the film.

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* TheRedStapler: Sales of [[{{LudwigVanBeethoven}} [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven's]] 9th Symphony went up after the film.
16th Jan '17 6:43:09 AM 06tele
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* NoStuntDouble: Adrienne Corri as Mrs Alexander was cast after two actresses had already withdrawn from the role, because she was willing to spend hours naked on set balanced on Warren Clarke's shoulder while Kubrick decided which shot he liked the best. According to Malcolm McDowell, before they shot the scene, she joked "Well, Malcolm, you're about to find out that I'm a real redhead."

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* NoStuntDouble: Adrienne Corri as Mrs Alexander was cast after two actresses had already withdrawn from the role, because she was willing to spend hours naked on set balanced on Warren Clarke's shoulder while Kubrick decided which shot he liked the best. According to Malcolm McDowell, [=McDowell=], before they shot the scene, she joked "Well, Malcolm, you're about to find out that I'm a real redhead."
16th Jan '17 6:41:56 AM 06tele
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* NoStuntDouble: Adrienne Corri as Mrs Alexander was cast after two actresses had already withdrawn from the role, because she was willing to spend hours naked on set balanced on Warren Clarke's shoulder while Kubrick decided which shot he liked the best. According to Malcolm McDowell, before they shot the scene, she joked "Well, Malcolm, you're about to find out that I'm a real redhead."
16th Dec '16 4:38:36 PM DeadlyAssassin
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Julian, Mr Alexander's nurse/protection, is played by a young weightlifter and wrestler named David Prowse. After seeing the movie, George Lucas was so impressed with his size that he offered him the part of [[{{Film/StarWars}} Darth Vader]].
13th Nov '16 1:17:42 PM Aurelian
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* CreatorBacklash: In an introduction to a later edition of the book, the author called it "pornographic" and an "embarrassment." He considers its main entertainment value to be from "raping and [[{{gorn}} ripping]]."

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* CreatorBacklash: In an introduction to a later edition of the book, the author called it "pornographic" and an "embarrassment." He considers its main entertainment value to be from "raping and [[{{gorn}} ripping]]."" Elsewhere, he reflected that he "should not have written this book" due to the dangers of it being misinterpretated. He was also peeved that it was his most famous work, when he felt he had written better books, and that the wider public only knew him as the man who wrote the book upon which Stanley Kubrick's ''A Clockwork Orange'' was based.



* CreatorBacklash: The film was the subject of much media hype linking it to violent crimes. After Creator/StanleyKubrick received death threats, along with hearing of the news of two copycat crimes involving the rape of a Dutch girl in the hands of men singing "Singin' in the Rain" and the beating of a 16 year old boy who, while dressed as Alex, beat another boy, he withdrew the film from screening in the UK, even suing arthouse theatres that tried to show it. The ban was only lifted after Kubrick's death.

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* CreatorBacklash: CreatorBacklash:
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The film was the subject of much media hype linking it to violent crimes. After Creator/StanleyKubrick received death threats, along with hearing of the news of two copycat crimes involving the rape of a Dutch girl in the hands of men singing "Singin' in the Rain" and the beating of a 16 year old boy who, while dressed as Alex, beat another boy, he withdrew the film from screening in the UK, even suing arthouse theatres that tried to show it. The ban was only lifted after Kubrick's death.death.
** Anthony Burgess himself was critical of the film, for what he saw as its glorification of sex and violence. He was unhappy that Kubrick omitted the book's final chapter (as had the first American edition of the book), which gave Alex some redemption, wanting to give up his old violent ways and looking forward to having a wife and a son, whom he hopes does not turn out like him. The fact that he had sold the film rights for a pittance and stood to gain nothing from the film's success probably didn't warm him to it much either.
2nd Oct '16 9:23:17 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Alex scams his way into the couple's house by telling her there was a car accident and he needs to use the phone. Nowadays it's 99% certain he would have had a mobile.

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Alex scams his way into the couple's house by telling her there was a car accident and he needs to use the phone. Nowadays it's 99% certain he would have had a mobile.to explain why he didn't use his mobile phone.
2nd Oct '16 9:21:10 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ApprovalOfGod: Inverted; Creator/GeneKelly reportedly did not like the film's take on "Singin' on the Rain" so much that when he met Creator/MalcolmMcDowell at a party some years later, Kelly turned and walked away in disgust, but mostly because Creator/StanleyKubrick went cheap, didn't keep his word and never actually payed Kelly for the song.
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