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Jennifer Warren <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 29 Oct 1994 02:56:21 -0700
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It is my personal opinion that the title and ending have the following
1: Ending
        The film itself is not so much about violence as it is about the
responce that society makes to violence. As you will recall, Alex's
views of his victims earlier in the film is that it was their choice to
become victims. Later, when Alex is made incapable of being anything
except a victim, he is unable to adjust to the very real psychological
problems which come with being a victim.
        The film dwells extensively on choices made by individuals and
society as a whole. It presents us with questions like : Is
robbing a criminal of their humanity & individuality an appropriate
punishment? Should authorities be permitted to sexually harrass
criminals, such as in the scene with Alex & Mr. Deltoid?? And, How much
invasiveness into an individuals privacy is permissable in the name of
crime control??? (i.e., the arbitrary search of Alex's property).
It is very easy to look at the surface of an individuals world and
condemn them. Religeous groups in the U.S.A. do this all the time. But
this was never the purpose of Clockwork Orange. Perhaps the look into
Alex's world is a bit more graphic than most would like, but it is
because it is that it still finds acceptance today.
2: Title
        " A Clockwork Orange " is clearly a title chosen in an attempt to
convey a symbolic preview into the films contents. " A Clockwork " refers
to an event which happens over a period of time (Clock) which is an
intentional effort (Work). The word "Orange" refers to the fact that
this intentional effort has been colored in some way, with a degree of
passion which is believed to be acceptable. Of course, that's just my
opinion, I could be wrong...awww, fuck it...who wan't pie?? :)
On Thu, 27 Oct 1994, MARTIJN DE WAAL wrote:
> Last night I was having a discussion about the last scene of
> Kubrick's Clockwork Orange.
> In this scene we see Alex sitting in a hospitalbed, while talking
> to the minister, who offers him food and a job. Then fotographers
> rush in and while they are taking their pictures Alex has a vision
> of him making love to a woman dressed in white, while officially
> dressed people appluad from the side. Alex then utters 'I'm cured'
> We were discussing wheter Alex menat that he wa cured from his
> therapy and now got his free will back again and consequently
> pick up his old interests of sex and violence. This would mean
> that alex would be bad after all and the force of evil in the movie would
> not be punished after all. On the other hand is it possible to see
> Kubricks version of a wedding in the last scene, just like the book ends.
> The woman in white is the bride and the applauding people could
> be seen as a metaphor for the society that approves of alex's behaviour.
> In this reading Alex would have come to the conlcusion that he was the bad
> guy and that from now on he chooses to live life conform the mores of
> society. His good side has now beaten the eavil forces in him. A happy and
> after all. Who has an opinion on the forces of evil and good in
> to this movie. One last question. Could anybody explain me the title?
> Martijn de Waal
> University of Amsterdam, Film Studies Department