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NAME:­­ _________________________     ____ 

 NAME OF PICTURE:_A clockwork orange________________________________

 RELEASE DATE/YEAR: __________1971 _________

 REVIEW #1: ___The new York Times, Variety by James  Berardineli___________________________________

REVIEW #2: _ Chicago Sun-Times by  Roger Ebert___________________________________________


A clockwork Orange is a movie written and directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1971.  The movie revolves around Alex. It features disturbing, aggressive images.  Alex is the protagonist of the movie.  He is a charismatic and sociopathic delinquent who is interested in classical music, rape and ultra violence.  Alex leads a small gang of criminals, and he refers to them as droogs. The gang includes Dim, Pete and Georgie.  The movie examines the horrific crimes committed by the gang.  In addition, the film examines the capture of Alex and his rehabilitation through the controversial psychological conditioning.  Alex and his gang engage in criminal activities after intoxicating themselves.  They engage in ultra violence after intoxicating themselves by beating an old vagrant and their opponents.  They also steal a car and drive to F Alexander’s home where they attack him.  In addition, Alex rapes his wife, Aldrennie Corri.  Alex also engages in sex activities with other two girls (Kubrick, 2001).  He also faces opposition from other gang members as they are discontent with his petty crimes.  The gang members demand equality and lucrative thefts.  However, Alex attacks the gangs and throws hem into the canal. Nevertheless, Alex is captured by the police and cruelly beaten.  Alex is sentenced for 14 years after attacking and murdering a woman. The movie shows the effect of Ludovico technique on inmates as evidenced by Alex. Alex is subjected to the Ludovico technique used to rehabilitate criminals. He is forced to watch violent movies and become nauseated because of the drugs.  The drugs help curb violence among inmates and prevent them from attacking their victims (McDougal, 2003).


The review by Roger Ebert and James Berardinelli are different.  James Berardinelli has examined the significance of the movie to the society. James considers the movie significant to the society as it has examined crime and crime prevention in the society.  The movie is set in an English city   in the future where crime rate is high. The high rate of crime is evidenced by the congestion in prisons. James argues that the movie is not outdated as the issues of crime analyzed in the movie are experienced today (Heide, 2006). Alex and his gang engage in criminal activities including rape, murder, robbery and beating.  Any person who becomes their target is raped, beaten, murdered etc (Westfahi, 2005). Alex rapes, murders and beats his targets.  Further, the movie has shown the impact of the rehabilitation services provided to prisoners. Rehabilitation is a common practice in   many countries. The rehabilitation processes have a negative impact on prisoners. In the movie, Alex is exposed to violent movies and given drugs that make him nauseated, and he develops a negative pavlovian response to illegal and immoral acts.   James appreciates the importance of the movie in educating the society about crime and its effects on the society. James claims that the movie contains modern ideas though it was produced in 1971 as the issues it discuses are common in the modern society (Philiphs, 1999).

 On the other hand, Ebert   does not acknowledge the importance of the movie in the society and criminology. Ebert does not consider the movie modern. However, he criticizes the movie negatively by pinpointing its shortcomings. This is evidenced by the quotation below:

Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" is an ideological mess, a paranoid right-wing fantasy masquerading As an Orwellian warning. It pretends to oppose the police state and forced mind control, but all it really does is celebrate the nastiness of its hero, Alex” (Staiger, 2000).

  Ebert is not happy with the main character, Alex and he identifies his weaknesses. He claims that Alex is one of the strange person people have met in their lives. He   explains Alex life at a tender age and he claims that Alex ate ants and   flies because they were disgusting. Ebert terms  Alex a sadistic rapist as he rapes women in the movie.  Moreover, Ebert criticizes the writer of the movie, Kubrick. He claims that Kubrick did not provide adequate information about Alex to enable the audience understand his characters. The writer does not state why Alex likes Beethoven. Ebert assumes that Alex loves Beethoven the same manner the writer loves loading his sound track with classical music he knows to add cheap and unnecessary dimensions. Therefore, the two critics view the movie differently (Burgess, 2000).


 I would go to see the movie, A though it was produced in 1971 because it focuses on present issues. The issues presented in the movie are common in the modern society.  The movie has clearly examined different forms of crime in the society and factors that cause the criminals to engage in criminal behaviors. Also, the movie has shown the impact of the crimes on victims and the methods used by the government to rehabilitate criminals.  The movie proved to be a hit with recounts and critics of different awards and nominations.  The movie is considered a classic.  The plot, the sound and the tine of the movie are interesting, and they encourage me to watch the movie.  The writer has provided sufficient information for the audience to understand the life’s of the main character, Alex and the gang members (Burgess, 2011).


Burgess, A. (2011). A Clockwork Orange. W.W. Norton

Burgess, A. (2000). A Clockwork Orange. Penguin Books Limited

 Staiger, J. (2000). A Clockwork Orange. NYU press

Philiphs, G.D. (1999). Major Film Directors of the American and British Cinema. Lehigh University Press

Heide, T. (2006). A Clockwork Orange. GRIN Verlag

McDougal, S.Y. (2003). Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. Cambridge  University Press

Kubrick, S. (2001). Stanley Kubrick. University  press of Missipi

Westfahi, G. (2005). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Greenwood  Publishing Group


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