Offbeatism

Clockwork Set Design (1971)

The luridly-colorful set designs by John Barry, costume design by Milena Canonero, the synthesized electronic score by Wendy Carlos [sometimes credited as Walter Carlos – her birth name until undergoing a sex-change operation in 1972 to became Wendy], the colorful and innovative cinematography by John Alcott, and the hybrid, jargonistic, pun-filled language of Burgess’ novel (called Nadsat – an onomatopoetic, expressive combination of English, Russian, and slang), produce a striking, unforgettable film. Some words are decipherable in their contextual use, or as anglicized, portmanteau, rhymed, or clever transformations or amputations of words. Originally, the rock group The Rolling Stones were considered for the main cast roles of Alex and his droogs, until Kubrick joined the production.

A Clockwork Orange is producer-director-screenwriter Stanley Kubrick’s randomly ultra-violent, over-indulgent, graphically-stylized film of the near future. It was a terrifying, gaudy film adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ 1962 satiric, futuristic novel of the same name. This was Kubrick’s ninth feature film, appearing between 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Barry Lyndon (1975). [Filmsite]

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Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

November 24, 2009 at 11:54 am

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