‘A Clockwork Orange’ has always been my favourite film, ever since I was just a pre-teen with a burning angst bubbling away inside of me. The film score, the vocabulary (thanks Anthony Burgess), the clothing – something about this movie resonated with me.
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What really stands out is Stanley Kubrick’s ability to take a book and twist it round to fit into the movie-sized hole he creates. Burgess’ narrative and Kubrick’s cinematic masterpiece are connected and yet they are both artistic works in their own right.
Kubrick’s distinct techniques, including symmetry or one-point perspective, are all within the lens of his 1971 classic, while his use of props and colour provide a theatrical spin on the sinister topics highlighted within the narrative. As a celebration of his work and the movie as a whole, here are some stunning and amusing behind the scene shots. “Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well.”
It’s certainly interesting to see how Kubrick composed the different perspective shots, for example with the yoga instructor and the Anthony Burgess rape scene. Rather than the sophisticated camera equipment used today, Kubrick would quite literally be lying on the floor or stood on a box to get the shot. They don’t make them like they used to.
For more on Kubrick, check out this insane fan theory that claims ‘The Shining’ was actually the director’s way of telling the viewer that he faked the moon landing.