The day is almost here. The Oscar’s are on this Sunday, so this series of Oscar snubs and what not will soon be over. Let’s take a look at our final movie.
Stanley Kubrick never won big at the Oscars, his most successful movie was Spartacus in 1960 and it won 4. 2001 won a single Oscar for special effects, but none of his other movies won an Oscar. So basically I could pick any one of his movies, which is difficult because they are all great. I am going to pick the one that is a bit of an enigma, one that probably should not have been nominated at all if we were to look at the trends of the Academy.
This movie was nominated for 4 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, and Editing. Oh, and it was also rated X. So, that probably explains why it won a whopping zero of those nominations.
Coming out in 1972, A Clockwork Orange was not (and still isn’t) an easy movie to watch. There are multiple rape scenes, a bit of the old “ultra violence,” and a lot of the Nadsat language that Anthony Burgess created for the book 10 years prior.
Malcolm McDowell, in probably his greatest role, plays Alex, a miscreant who roams the night with his “droogs,” creating chaos and stirring up trouble. Of course, his leadership over the “droogs” is a bit harsh so they get him arrested. This is where the true plot of the movie and the deep-thinking questions arise.
Alex is chosen to be a part of an experimental treatment called the “Ludovico Technique,” which is basically a Pavlovian conditioning technique that makes him physically ill when he sees or even thinks about violence. Of course this has its repercussions once he is set free.
This is Kubrick at his prime, creating one of the most memorable characters in film history as well as crafting a film that has stood the test of time. As much as anybody loves Kubrick, he does have the habit of not staying faithful to the source material, so Burgess was not happy to see that he left out the entire last chapter to his novel. Nonetheless, it is a movie that should be seen by all. I still remember the day I saw this for the first time, being blown away by the score, the colors, the sheer genius of it all. I hope you too can experience this film.