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188B Week Four: Monday VII. Stanley Kubrick: Master Of Light #13 / 1971 A CLOCKWORK ORANGE Stanley Kubrick: No Movie Lights SPOILER ALERT! I already warned you that Mr. Kubrick’s view of mankind was bleak and dark, well now it is about to become pitch black. In his previous film, 2001. . . he viewed humanity as a modern man, technically proficient, yet still emotionally primitive. A Clockwork Orange’s original tag line on the one sheet movie poster read: “Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.” Is it possible to have a more un-politically correct, cynical and desolate view of the human race than that? So fasten your seat belts, this is going to be another controversial and bumpy ride. Once again it will be music, the lovely Ludwig Van, who will accompany and underscore all of the wanton sex, violence and the sapping of our heroes free will. .. “Viddy well, little brothers, viddy well. ..” THE CREATIVE TEAM: 1
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Writers: Stanley Kubrick / Anthony Burgess Director: Stanley Kubrick Cinematographer: John Alcott Editor: Bill Butler WHY IS THIS FILM VISIONARY: This is another Stanley Kubrick film that attempts to tackle another “big premise” that of Mans Free Will. Whether a man should be able to Choose to do good, or if he should be Conditioned to do good, by the state in order to make him a more productive member of society, but in turn rendering him, A Clockwork Orange This is a difficult premise that Mr. Kubrick handled well with his extraordinary wit, style, cynicism and bravura filmmaking. The film was an instant critical success, however, there were several incidents of rape and murder committed by punks in England, who cited A Clockwork Orange as “influencing” them. Most of these felons not doubt had the same IQ as the out of control soccer thugs in that country who repeatedly cause death and destruction wherever they go. But Mr. Kubrick and his groundbreaking film took all of the blame and after he and his family had received several death threats, Mr. Kubrick pulled the film from circulation in England and forbid it to be shown there until after his death. THE BASICS: When Mr. Kubrick’s extraordinary “X-Rated” film had its US Premier at the Pacific Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in 1971. I was actually the first person in line, so I 2
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bought two tickets. I still have the unused ticket # 0001 as a piece of memorabilia and I used ticket # 0002 to go inside and view this startling production. Having already seen his rather jaundiced take on humanity in his productions of; Paths of Glory, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove and 2001… I thought that this would most certainly be another satirical black comedy on the human condition and of course, I wasn’t disappointed. I was however, amazed and stunned when all of the articles accusing Mr. Kubrick of “too
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