Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Film: A Clockwork Orange (70/250) 
Critics Poll: 235th 
Directors Poll: 75th 
First Time/Rewatch 

This crazy film. It feels like it wasn't filmed on this planet. The language, the sets, the costumes, it all feels like it's set in a strange Earth-like place that has a history all its own. But this is a Kubrick film, so there you go. It's stylish and deliberate and horrifying. I had the pleasure of visiting the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at LACMA a couple years ago and got to see those creepy naked milkbar mannequins in person. It was like stepping into that world, everything felt a little bit more dangerous and subversive. It's amazing that a film can create a mood like that, instantly. From the moment the film opens on Alex's famous "Kubrick stare," with that electronic score and that surreal milkbar filled with all the's very much a "I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" type of moment. A violent but visually perfect film, definitely one every cinephile has to see. In fact, do yourself a favor and just watch all the Kubrick. You're welcome. 

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