Feature: 17 Oct Alex narrates most of the film in Nadsat, a fractured slang composed of Slavic especially Russian , English and Cockney rhyming slang. High quality, custom made, hand tufted 1 ply wool or China wool — one of the most iconic carpets in film. All sit together to create an unsettling atmosphere and combine the fantastic with the obscene. Viddy well. As a young graphic designer I would from time to time do her food shopping in the local supermarket. It is instantly confrontational. The raked pebble garden was part modeled after the Ryoan-ji zen temple garden Temple of the Dragon at Peace.
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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.
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. Should we feel sympathy for Alex, or scorn for his richly deserved agony?