It had been a wonderful evening and" what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van".
GENRE: Science Fiction, Crime, Drama
PLOT: In a future Britain era, charismatic teen, Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime. The new therapy being the Ludivico
EXPERIENCE/ FUN FACTS: What I enjoyed most about this film was the way it flowed. I am not big on narrations by the main characters but the way it is portrayed with the language it made it enjoyable. The first time I viewed a clockwork orange I found it very strange. After watching the commentary on Blu-ray and reading the novel I must say that the movie is pretty close to the novel on many levels. There were small scenes taken out and the original running time ran up to four hours in length. Many scenes were cut by Kubrick and after he was distressed as many critics gave it a NC-17 rating.
The word Orange from the title comes from the word "Ourange" that loosely means man. The music scores are from past composers such as Beethoven and other music by Wendy Carlos who later created music for Mr. Kubricks later film, "The Shining (1980). The Korova Milk Bar (Opening sequence) is named after the Russian word for cow. 'Moloko,' (written on the wall) means milk. The bar's sculptures were based on the work of sculptor Allen Jones. Stanley Kubrick had the milk dispensers were emptied, washed and refilled every hour, as the milk curdled under the studio lights. A painting on the wall reappears in Kubrick's, "The Shining."
This is also the first film to feature title credits and nothing else afterwards.
The main lead who played Alex De Large (Malcolm McDowell) was first seen by Kubrick when he watched Malcolms' first feature role, "If..." Kubrick later told Malcolm to act like he did when he was in, "If..." and that was just to smile. The smile later integrated with the infamous stare of Alex in the opening sequence of the film. Also noted as the directors trademark, notably called 'the Kubrick stare.'
While performing, the attack of the man and woman in the third sequence it was not scripted. Eventually Kubrick approached Malcolm McDowell and asked him if he could dance. They tried the scene again, and this time with dancing and singing the only song he could remember, "Singing in the Rain." Kubrick was so amused that he swiftly bought the rights to "Singing in the Rain" for $10,000.
Near the end of the film the main character takes a 'Leap Of Faith,' out of a two story window. The audience sees a first person perspective while the main character plummets to the floor. The camera lens for this perspective broke but luckily the footage was saved for the film.
Malcolm McDowell's eyes were anesthetized for the torture or, 'treatment,' scenes so that he would film for periods of time without too much discomfort. But, His corneas got repeatedly scratched by the metal lock pointers. He suffered cracked ribs during filming of the 'cure,' stage show, and he also nearly drowned when his breathing apparatus failed while being held underwater in the woods scene by the side characters. When the side characters are policeman are dragging Alex between them, their numbers are 665 and 667, implying that Alex is 666, the mark of the beast or the anti-christ.
The last chapter of the book was taken out of the movie.
FINAL THOUGHTS: See this movie ASAP if you are like stories, art and music all in one. Be mindful and view it more times.