To what do I owe the extreme pleasure of this surprising visit? Pretty crazy, huh? If you don't know who this guy is, to give you a lowdown: He's one of the top actors in Hollywood and has been in too many films to count. Since A Clockwork Orange, he's definitely the cast member who's had the most success, starring in other controversial films like If He is a grandfather as of In the same year, he had emergency eye surgery 3.
After a sequence of nights where Alex and his friends commit random acts of violence, including assaulting a homeless person and raping multiple women, Alex is peer pressured by his friends into burglarizing a house. A Clockwork Orange is generally considered a satire that questions how much control governments should have over their citizens, what makes a citizen a productive member of society, and whether criminals can truly be redeemed after their crimes. It is generally considered one of the best novels ever written, and the film has inspired numerous people to dress up like Alex because why not pretend to be a rapist for Halloween? Because whenever I feel like committing a random act of violence, I listen to depressing dream pop music. So how do you promote a theatre production based on such a revered and culturally-important novel, while still paying due attention to its sensitive themes of violence and social control? Probably not.
Connecting Alex’s Mentality and Breasts
Stanley Kubrick is known as one of the most influential filmmakers in history. This is due primarily from his use of hidden meanings and messages through his very specific and usually eerie cinematography and style of direction. This particular feature has been deemed one of the most controversial films of all time due to its violence and philosophical themes. This includes rape, murder, stealing, fighting, drinking, etc, and lacking any sort of respect for authority. The movie follows him as he is arrested, conditioned against his passion for ultra-violence, and attempted transformation into a regular, moral person, only to have it all unravel in the last few minutes. It was for this reason, along with scenes of uncomfortable violence and themes of rape, that the movie received its NC rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. Assuming that every detail in the film is deliberate, it is not a far leap to assume the importance of breasts to not only the visual appeal of the film, but as a thematic appeal as well.
In place of peace and love and prosperity, A Clockwork Orange offered a new zeitgeist-decade of violence, anger, misogyny, the degradation of the public space in dreary suburban locales and modernist designs for living that had been vandalised. Kubrick had been badly shaken by press reports of real-life crimes supposedly inspired by the film. It is strange to watch A Clockwork Orange again, in my case for the first time in 20 years. It is still brilliant, still audacious, still nasty, but definitely dated, and longer than I remembered. But his signature is there all the way through, especially in the establishing shots of cavernous interiors, with their vertiginous lines disappearing into the distance. The swaggering assailant is made to watch upsetting films as aversion therapy with his eyelids clipped wide open and lubricated with an eyedropper — a genuinely horrifying scene, something to match the eye-slitting in Un Chien Andalou. This turning of the tables, this challenge to our liberal sensibilities, is what makes A Clockwork Orange powerful: a sudden widening of the perspective on violence.