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Old 03-22-2008, 05:53 PM   #1
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A Clockwork Orange

anyone seen it? i will never see it again, i bow that. whata crazy-ass film. so what was your reaction of your first view of it?
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:57 PM   #2
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I first saw this film when I was 17, a senior in high school. I found the rape scenes to be disturbing, and couldn't bear to watch them. But after Alex got his operation, I found the movie then to be interesting.
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:39 PM   #3
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One of my favorite films, my little droog.
It's not for everyone, I must admit.

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To be honest, I absolutely loathed it and thought it made a travesty out of a brilliant book,

It's very well shot of course, with great eye for composition and all, but dear god, that production design. Ridiculous, garish and so godawfully dated it's like watching an Austin Powers movie or something, only without a wink. And Malcolm McDowell is way too old to play a 14-year-old.
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From what bits of the book I've read, and heard about from friends, the ending of the novel is pretty awful, and I think Kubrick made a fantastic choice in changing it for the film.
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I first saw it in 1972, and it was quite radical at the time. I do own it, but I must admit it has been a while since I watched it.
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One of my favorite films also. Kubrick is such a master at film. The reason it was so disturbingly violent is because that's how are society is and he is showing it and how we try to reform it, which of course hardly works.
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One of my ten favorite films. Stunning from start to finish. I loved it as much after my first viewing as I do know, a decade later.
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The first half hour or so of this is like an amusement park thrill ride, all the way till the 2 devotchka's played to Beethoven and sped up. Great stuff

On the other hand, it is very disturbing
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I love and really enjoy this film, but I've never read the book so can't comment on that.

I like the way that even though we're disgusted by Alex's actions through the first part of the film we're still charmed by him and when he suffers at the hands of others (including those he had attacked without provocation) we feel distressed for him. This includes the climax when he's at the mercy of the scholar. Alex destroyed this man's life but somehow we view this man as the bad guy by the end. That dinner scene when everyone knows the situation but it goes unvoiced is brilliant.

The different ways that the violence is shown throughout the film is pulled off well too. For example we have some vicious, drugged up scenes of Alex and his droogs attacked innocents, but then we have the gang fight that's played out almost like a group of clowns at a circus, wacky sound effects and everything. Of course later on you get the drowning which is both shocking and stark. Is violence better when it's behind the face of the law?

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It's one of my favorite films of all time. Stanley Kubrick is my favorite director of all time. I quote from this movie often. It's got such memorable lines.
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didn't like the book, liked the movie even less.
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Probs my favourite film of all time. Its such an education imo. I can see why it was banned at the time also.
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The film is pretty insane, but I enjoy it anyway.
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Old 04-27-2008, 06:34 PM   #15
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I like the way that even though we're disgusted by Alex's actions through the first part of the film we're still charmed by him and when he suffers at the hands of others (including those he had attacked without provocation) we feel distressed for him.
That was one of my biggest problems with the film. Well, not the fact that it makes Alex sympathetic, as such, but rather the way it went about it - by making pretty much every other character an unlikeable, personality-free drone and Alex the only one who seems alive.
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