16 October 2010
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Are you now, or have you ever been a homosexual?
So basically: In a futuristic England, a group of juvenile delinquents are led by charismatic Alex DeLarge. One night, after a bit of the old ultra violence, his droogs desert him and Alex is sent to prison. There, he learns of an experimental aversion therapy to reduce the sentences of inmates and turn them into proper citizens. Being a perfect candidate, Alex is subjected to the practise and released. However, the therapy has terrible consequences as Alex suffers from hearing one of Ludwig Van’s symphonies.
After this movie you will be thinking/speaking in nadsat, no joke. It’s even worse if you read the book (which is highly recommended!). Malcolm McDowell is absolutely amazing in the title role, especially in the in-out sequence when he’s singing Singing in the Rain. I think it was perfectly suited to the 70’s, as that era – in my personal opinion – always gives films an eerie atmosphere. I don’t know what else to say to convince you, but this is one of the best films ever, in my honest opinion, and one of the best books. And of course my summary doesn’t do any justice (tho I added in some nadsat, so if you were having trouble with some words/phrases, that is why).
Totally deserves to be on the list.
Ziggi seal of approval.