Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Clockwork Orange

Stanley Kubrick, 1971 (9.4*)

AFI Top 100
Filmed from the sf novel by Anthony Burgess, now a recognized masterpiece, Clockwork is a frighteningly uncompromising look at a future ruled by ultraviolence, apathy, and urban decay. Malcolm McDowell leads his gang, The Druggies, in a star-making role; at night get tanked up and then he and his "malchicks" go out for "a little of the old ultra-violence".

The incredible language engineered by Burgess includes English, Russian, street slang, and required a glossary in the book, "viddy it well". Kubrick has remained faithful to the book's vision, and created a startling, visionary work that may be eerily prophetic. The book was about a true incident that happened to Burgess and his wife, and this was his attemped exorcism. Brilliant stuff, as was Kubrick's use of Beethoven and Walter Carlos' music, inventive and ground-breaking.

Quote: Come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles that is, ya eunuch yelly thou!
ello, ello, ello lit'l sisters - wot you got at home to play your fuzzy warbles on, eh


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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