The other day, at the eleventh hour, I learnt that a nearby theater will be playing Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. It is based on Anthony Burgess’ book of the same name. It is one of my favorite movies and I had never seen it in a theater. So, off I went for a dose of the ultraviolence.
The theater manager informed us that it was the largest turnout in their current series of classic films. The print was an original one, scratches and all. There was even a bit of trouble with it towards the end, which caused a pause in the show. That brought on comments, the likes of which are only heard when the audience comprises fans of a cult classic.
There are many cool things about this movie. The dialogues are peppered with Nadsat, which Burgess invented. Some things made sense only on repeat viewing. That is probably one of the hallmarks of a cult movie, I guess. The movie is beautiful to look at, with lovely locations and colorful costumes. The performances are superb. But the best part, in my opinion, is the music. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony forms a part of the story and is partially heard in Wendy Carlos’ electronic rendition.
See it. Again.