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is on Channel 4 tonight.
I haven't got a TV.
you didn't come out.
no, it's not.
and Lost is on.
SKY+ to the rescue!
tame by today's standards, though that's not the point.
case of style over substance though, rather misses the point of the book in order to delivery something which is a stunning and very enjoyable visual spectacle.
the book is better.
Burgess' book cops out badly at the end almost undoing the brilliant satire that comes before. In fact the last chapter (Alex with a new gang becoming bored with ultra-violence) was added after the book had already been published. The publisher thought it needed a more 'Positive' ending so it was re-issued with this tacked on 'Happy ever after' bullshit. Kubrick thought it sucked too. The film rules! The book almost does.
and read the book instead. It's infinitely better.
Incidently, if anyone wants a TV, mine just sits above me here in by bedroom gathering dust.
and didn't really mean it as a reference.
I thought it sounded vaguely familiar.
"Throw away your television" = +10
"read the book instead" = +10
"my TV just gathers dust" = +5
net total = 0
if it wasn't intentional, i'd let it pass.
ned's atomic dustbin reference, so +3 indie points.
But I'm not watching it 'cos I have it on DVD and I aw it not so long ago. Don't want to ruin it by seeing it too often...
all of my kubrick films were stolen in the burglary though. The fuckers :(
but never really got into
i like it for its gratuitous-ness. And "yarbals" and all that. And its pretty dark. Dark stuff is always cool. But i cant get into it
I great film for nearly every genre.
Drama- Clockwork orange
Sci fi- 2001
Costume drama- Barry Lyndon
War- Full metal jacket
Romantic comedy- Lolita
liked it as much as some of Kubrick's other stuff. Too self-important. And actually, despite all the fireworks, I think it lacks the dramatic power of something like Barry Lyndon.
Amazingly designed / shot though.
The film is a fucking masterpiece.
The book is excellent, but personally I think the film benefits from Kubrick's decision to cut the final chapter out and leave some ambiguity at the end, even if Anthony Burgess hated the final cut.
plus it has one of the best soundtracks ever, is beautifully shot, and is directed with masterful originality. and the acting is superb
but the film is ace too!
never seen the film, droogs.
or whatever it really is- the star shaped shot from above.
not watched the film though, just got in from the pub, dammit.
but Dr Strangelove is the best film in the history of ever.
I've STILL not seen A Clockwork Orange in one full sitting. I've seen most of it, I've read the book, and I love Kubrick, but I had to go to bed having sat through an hour or so of Scarlett's arse preceeding it on Channel 4.
i loved ever second
if all the cool kids didn't like it.
Not everyone, just CIC. Sos.
it makes me want to talk like them for days afterwards. The ending of the book is better though.
and therefore kind of spoils the illusion really, is the fact that one of the droogs is Dalziel out of 'Dalziel and Pascoe'
Its like that bloke out of coronation street being in 'Get Carter'
thrown off car park
hes a big man but hes out of shape
is good....it has an atmosphere to it, but I think that other Malcolm McDowel films also had that feel.......'If' 'Oh Lucky Man' so maybe the actors presence and influence is greater in his case.
There were other disturbing dytopia films made in this era too.
It is good, not only due to the screenplay and director, but also the actors and the style of the times
'...If' is excellent too. He should have been Hannibal Lecter in Silence Of The Lambs. Fucking Anthony Hopkins...what a hack
secondly, i thought the film was almost sad the way his gang members did him over and the way he was 'cured' i would have like to have seen more gang violence in it. Furthermore, i love the way he walked and pranced around them etc, twas good.
I don't know...the youth of today.
As for the end, I don't want to spoil it in case anyone hasn't read it, but basically it's a softer landing which I thought cut against the prevailing feel of the rest of the book. A bit of a cop-out...
it seemed tacked on, I'd say it was a very unfinished book. I have to say the ending of the film is pretty crap imho. The film has a lot of ridiculousness and absurdity about it in the performances, colours (notably women with coloured hair and wigs) it even goes into the farcical with the end and speeded up sex sequence. I still love the film mainly because Malcolm McDowell is so good as Alex. I love when he retches, it's v convincing.
as i remember Burgess thought he was dying when he was writing it, and was basically churning out novels to provide his wife with an income (though, obviously, he didn't die). I think the last chapter is ok though. It is essentially a novel with a moral, and the ending just confirms that.
I don't think Burgess would say it was one of his best works tho....
Burgess was just trying to earn a crust for his missus after he was gone and acknowledged later on that it was far from perfect.
I know the knee-jerk reaction is to say a book is better than the film, (and let's be honest, it often is), but CO is one where the reverse is true. I think there is more flashes of creative brilliance in the film than there is in the source material in this case.
brilliant. Kubrick managed to make a good film for nearly every genre.
turn to policemen and beat him up within an inch of his life...tha upsets me...especially when they are dragging him and he is talking about the 'old days'...almost a lost cause
Visually, its beautiful. Its also well funny.
Can't take it seriously though.
An important theme well explored, backed up by great ideas and executed with style by someone with the guts to "invent" vernacular to enhance the prose while having confidence that this wouldn't alienate or confuse the reader.