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(1971), R -- ...to debauch, seduce and subvert wholesome thought and outlook
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Hawk Films Ltd., Polaris Productions, Warner Bros.
Distribution (US): Warner Bros., Warner Home Video
Director(s): Stanley Kubrick
Producer(s): Stanley Kubrick, Si Litvinoff, Max L. Raab, Bernard Williams
Novel: Anthony Burgess
Screenplay: Stanley Kubrick
Cinematography/Camera: John Alcott
Music: Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind plus osme classics
Film Editing: Bill Butler
Casting: James Liggat
Production Design: John Barry
Art Direction: Russell Hagg, Peter Sheilds
Viewed on: Waner Home Video DVD
The reason for analyzing this film is, by the email I receive from teens, because of the apparent high popularity of this film among our teens. Now you, mom/dad will know, if you have not seen the film and I would not recommend doing so, what it is the film has to offer.
In this 1971 Stanley Kubrick film, originally rated X, young high schooler and delinquent punker Alexander de Large (Malcolm McDowell) is bent on theft, rape and ultra-violence. That is his life. His way. His choice. In this adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel of the same name, Beethoven-loving de Large rapes a woman while singing the song "Singing in the Rain." And that is only one of several rapes in the show.
When this originally X-rated film was blamed for copycat violence among British youth it was banned and Kubrick withdrew the 1971 film from British circulation shortly after its release. Shortly after the film's ban a 17 year old girl was raped in Lancashire by men who were singing "Singing in the Rain." And a 16 year old boy beat a younger boy while wearing the same outfit de Large wore in the movie: the white overalls, the black hat and heavy boots. It was not reported whether the perpetrator wore the false eye lashes around his right eye or the disembodied bloody eyeballs De Large wore as cufflinks and suspender ornaments. Kubrick edited out about 30 seconds of the film to get an R-rating in preparation for release to the US audiences in 1972. Some of the sexual violence was edited out but none of the cold-blooded nihilism. In 2000, the uncut version was re-released to British theaters.
Believe it or not, A Clockwork Orange was nominated for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Director. Makes me wonder what is "best" and who decides it.
Alexander de Large invades the countryside with evil and licentiousness with his droogs (cohorts): Dim (Warren Clarke), Pete (Michael Tarn) and Georgie (James Marcus) who are also punkers and equally bent on evil but submissive to de Large.
After the viewer is subjected for a few minutes to punker de Large in a "Kubrick" stare similar to the expression McDowell exudes in the poster art (to intimidate, of course), soon the crew pranced the streets in punk attire with prostheses [prosthesis n.: an artificial device to replace a missing part of the body] to exaggerate their male anatomy, sporting expressions and mannerisms (such as intimidation) typical of the punk lifestyle. They were looking for "ultra-violence" in de Large's words and for sado-sexual violence.
The gang traveled to the Korova Milkbar, racking their "rassoodocks" to decide what they were going to do with the evening. The Korova Milkbar was filled with nihilistic art which apparently tried to express a futuristic mood. Tables were of anatomically detailed nude female sculpture face up with their arms and legs as table legs. The drug-laced milk was vended through physiologically appropriate ways from other nude female sculpture.
The first episode of "ultra-violence" seen was a beating of an old drunk (Paul Farrell) while he lied in the gutter bemoaning the state of social affairs. After a satisfying period of ultra-violence, their hunger for it soon returned and they engaged a rival gang trying to rape a young woman.
Being chased off by police sirens, the high schoolers stole a Durango-95 and caused several instances of reckless endangerment on their way to HOME. "Home" was the residence of writer Frank Alexander (Patrick Magee) and his wife (Adrienne Corri). The residence is announced to passersby with a lighted panel displaying "HOME." Gaining entry into the Alexander residence by lying about a traffic injury, de Large performed ritualistic rape of Mrs. Alexander before her bound husband. To try to [uncomfortably] describe the debauchery in this film, this rape scene shows de Large, after a long sequence of intimidation and tormenting, using scissors to cut circles out of Mrs. Alexander's jumpsuit pajamas directly over her breasts. Then after a period of tormenting de Large cuts up her pajamas to strip her for rape. And this is award-winning entertainment?
The blokes returned to the Milkbar where de Large whacked Dim across the legs with his cane/club because Dim made fun of a woman singing a piece from a Beethoven symphony that was mesmerizing for de Large.
From there the "boys" split up and de Large returned home to Municipal Flatblock 18a Linera North to his frightened and apologetic parents, mum Em (Shelia Raynor) and dadda Pee (Phillip Stone). The next morning de Large feigned illness in "the old gulliver" to avoid attending school. While home alone and prancing about in his underwear, de Large found sexually deviant probation officer Mr. Deltoid (Aubrey Morris) who gave de Large the third degree, warning him that one more time of crime will land de Large in prison instead of the juvenile facility. While Deltoid, who was drooling at de Large in his underwear, spoke his piece at de Large and fondled him as well.
After Deltoid left, de Large left to go to a record store where he picked up two young women eating pop sickles. After a few choice innuendo about the phallic-shaped pop sickles the girls were eating, the trio retreated to de Large's apartment and had an orgy ... repeatedly. And this is award-winning entertainment!?
Above is just a sample of the vulgar and vile content of A Clockwork Orange to debauch, seduce and subvert wholesome thought and outlook.
This film provides everything that has been called "adult" and made verbotten to teens for so long (as if viewing this sort of sin-ema makes one "adult"). Numerous instances of rape and attempted rape with full anatomy nudity, both male and female. Intercourse with full anatomy nudity, both male and female. Crime and evil galore. Vulgar female statues of intricate anatomical detail. [1Ths. 4:1-5] Beatings. Torture. Nihilism. Joy and satisfaction in wanton licentious behavior. [Is. 59:7, Job 34:22] Theft. [Hab. 2:9] Homosexual touch and imagery. [1Cor. 6:9-10] Attempted suicide. And much more. [Matt. 18:7]
The saddest part about this film is that the thought-provoking "point" it tried to make, though using just about every manner of sin to speak to it, was that to reform the corrupt and willful criminal by artificial elimination of his/her free will is questionable.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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