January 2, 2017

Films

Clockwork Orange – 1971 | 137 mins | Drama, Fiction | Colour

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Plot Synopsis

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is a powerful satire on on contemporary society, a society where gang violence is the norm. A disturbing story based on Anthony Burgess’s experimental novel. I t is set in an almost hallucinatory world made even more so by the bizarre set designs and avant-garde cinematography, the story centres on a group of working-class teenage punks (“droogs”) who spend their evenings participating in “ultraviolent” activities that include rape, physical assault and murder. Alex (Malcolm McDowell) leads a gang of street teens in nights of ultra-violence. He angers his droogs one time too many, causing them to turn on him and set him up for capture by the police. Alex is eventually captured and sentenced to prison, while in prison Alex gets the opportunity to an early parole by taking part in an experimental anti-crime program aimed at turning offenders in total pacifists. The program is drug and psycho-therapy designed to turn the feelings that lead to crime against the person. In other words, any time Alex feels the desire to do violence he gets physically sick.

Though the treatment works it proves disastrous for Alex, upon his release he is assaulted and seeks shelter, unfortunately for Alex he is rescued by one of his previous victims seeking revenge. While locked in an upstairs room Alex hears the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven; the same music used during his ‘treatment’, there is only one route of escape left for Alex which is to jump through the bedroom window. Alex survives, though he ends up in hospital complete with various broken bones; not to mention an interested media and kind politician.

Production Team

Stanley Kubrick: Director
Gioacchino Rossini: Additional Music
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Additional Music
Henry Purcell: Additional Music
Edward Elgar: Additional Music
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Additional Music
Russell Hagg: Art Direction
Peter Shields: Art Direction
Bernard Williams: Associate Producer
Derek Cracknell: Asst Director
Dusty Symonds: Asst Director
Peter Burgess: Asst Editor
Brian Blamey: Asst Editor
John Alcott: Cinematography
Milena Canonero: Costume Design
Peter Taylor: Editing
Si Litvinoff: Executive Producer
Max Raab: Executive Producer
George Partleton: Makeup
Barbara Daly: Makeup
Frederick Williamson: Makeup
Walter Carlos: Music Score
Stanley Kubrick: Producer
John Barry: Production Design
Stanley Kubrick: Script
John Jordan: Sound
Roy Scammell: Stunts

Cast

Malcolm McDowell: Alex DeLarge
Patrick Magee: Frank Alexander
Warren: Clarke Dim
Michael Bates: Chief Guard Barnes
Steven Berkoff: Constable
Adrienne Corri: Mrs Alexander
John Clive: Stage Actor
Aubrey Morris: PR Deltoid



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