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A Clockwork Orange Essay

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Adaptation, or the conversion of historical or fictional narratives into film, has been a common practice for many years. It is this very practice that has bound the two medias of film and narrative together. It has brought readers and viewers together in understanding a similar storyline with a similar structure. Sometimes, filmmakers have adapted films from novels successfully because of their ability to accurately portray the structure, characters and plotline from the novel throughout every aspect of the film. In Adaptation, or the Cinema as Digest by Andre Bazin, he discusses the novel and film Man’s Hope by Malraux. He stated “ the style of Malraux’s film is politely identical to that of his book, even though we are dealing with two different artistic forms, cinema on the one hand and literature on the other.” This suggests the two creative vehicles are stylistically alike in that they both reflect an organized storyline with characters, themes and motives. In this paper I am going to spotlight the dialectic between the two artistic forms by identification through a close viewing experience of the subject, style, syntax and sound.
The film, A Clockwork Orange, by Stanley Kubrick, gives us a true understanding of how this World contains various types of people, some of which might be called, ‘crazy.’ This film takes us into a world that is unfamiliar to most of us, in that the violence of this film is unlike many other films of its time. Based off the novel originally written by Anthony Burgess, Kubrick shows us that films can enhance our reading experiences and bring us outstanding film work in conjunction with the novel. Published in 1962, this dystopian yet futuristic novella was adapted into a film less than ten years later in 1971. The film was written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick- almost by accident. After being given a copy of this book, he set it aside to work on a different project. After the cancellation of his current project he decided to return to this novel, A Clockwork Orange. It had an immediate impact on him and he was enthralled in every part of it including the plot, ideas, characters and languages. Therefore, when it came to writing the screenplay, “he made a point of sticking very closely to the original text.” There was no need for Kubrick to put his own twist on it because he admired the original.
In this dark, violent, and satirical adaptation starring Malcolm McDowell as Alex (narrator), Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in films. Alex, along with his three, "droogs," Dim, Peter, and Georgie, partake in vicious acts of violence against completely innocent victims, all for their entertainment. They spend much of their time in the milk bar drinking drugged milk and speaking in their teenage slang, ‘nadsat.’ Their dialogue is often difficult to understand due to the slang, however, it created an authentic dialect between the characters. Although many of the protagonists’ true...

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