Clockwork Orange Term Paper

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Clockwork Orange

The stunning 1971 film, by Stanley Kubrick, "A Clockwork Orange" has thrilling and frightening factors that would astound and bring extraordinary terror to its audience. The movie depicts a story of the nature of violence brought by the youths in England. From my experience of watching the film, the brutalities the movie has demonstrated can easily produce diverse reactions from the viewers the same way it had brought in me different senses and feelings of disbelief after watching.

The film was set in a futuristic England terrorized by gangs of juvenile delinquents spreading violence, terror, and heinous moral destructions. The settings were made somehow a mixture of old English and modern backdrops. Slightly unsettling, there were changes in the setting that would make the audience wonder why such a background and film set was used, developing reality and fantasy techniques between diverse scenes.

The combining style of settings that Kubrick and the film director have used has demonstrated their art in film-making that is unusual and yet creates unforgettable image to the viewers. Partly, it also demonstrates an example of bringing film styles and styles in play production combined with one another. Because of these, "Clockwork Orange" made the silver screen seem like a wide stage of a combination of a movie and a play. An instance of a scene that illustrates strange backgrounds is the Korova milk bar filled with nude statues while the costumes of the casts are not ordinary fashion of clothes and somehow has a touch of a play's costume. Also, the coin-operated nude statue of a woman serving milk from her breasts, if taken in our current period, is quite a weird part of a film set.

The director's purpose in the element of setting the film has used is perhaps to illustrate a different view to the audience because of the futuristic era the movie tries to illustrate.
The sets and props used were made different. They are extraordinary in our current times. However, even though they were particularly strange, such as the coin-operated nude statue serving milk, the choice of such style allows to obtain the attention of the audience on the movie. In one way or another, because of its strangeness, witty however, it diverts the senses of the audience from the sensitive horrifying terror of the film's story into slight senses of humor.

Merged with the background settings is the lighting techniques used in the film. The scenes during the nights where the teenage delinquents find chances of executing violence amidst the night's tranquility produced appropriate lightings characterized by elongated shadows with contrasting sets of lights. An instance of such is during their nighttime walks along dark streets waiting for prospects of their worthless dreadful acts to society such as beatings, robbery, and rape.

During other scenes, Kubrick exhibits normal style of lighting with few changes to bring out colors. In night scenes for instance, the lighting from post lights produced crystal-clear effect. This style allows focus, sparkle, and vivacity in the scenes' foregrounds, such as the characters, despite that the time of a scene depicts a night.

The costumes used by the teenage delinquents were quite unusual. They were all whites with hats that seem like that of an old English attire, somewhat noticeable to the viewers that wearing the same style of attire is the costume of the delinquents as a group. This approach is traditional in plays from which the film may have gathered some styles.

The use of fake eyelashes by the character of Alex is also unusual. Perhaps, it was used to depict that there is something wrong with his character and personality. The method of using this somehow delivers humor to the….....

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