A Clockwork Orange

Stanley Kubrik

1971 - USA

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A Clockwork Orange means “strange as a Clockwork Orange”, definition used to describe something that appears natural on the outside but inside is strange and bizarre. A bit like the approach that the Director Kubrick gives to his work: a mix of genres including science fiction, historical drama, comedy, horror, grotesque and well mixed together to create a manifesto against violence: his intent was misunderstood and became an object of criticism, so much so that the film became one of the favorite targets of censorship.

The Director makes a great use of wide angle, which exacerbates the prospects: it is used on objects close enough to the screen, and this scene tends to distort the edges of the images.

The most direct film aesthetic is pop art, with references to Piet Mondrian and optical art and furnishings that customs.

The game of kubrickiano, typically contraries fits especially on Alex’s love of classical music: the film uses classical music popular by Rossini and Beethoven. The use of the song singin’ in the Rain in the film was completely random: during the filming of the scene of the beating and rape at home of writer, Kubrick, failing to turn the scene convincingly, asked McDowell to try to sing and dance. McDowell improvised so singin’ in the Rain: Kubrick was so excited that after only three hours had already acquired the rights to the song.

The message is ironically pessimistic: according to the Director, the new generations get what they want by simply take it , as do the protagonist Alex De Large et ses Droog.

Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange addresses the theme of conflict between man’s bestiality and the institutions, reflecting the reality of the time. The criticism you can see even from his representation of woman as subject: advertisements in fact were starting to use the image of the woman so material.