But I think the movie ending sends the message that it is up to us to change our corrupt institutions rather than just assuming they will change on their own. Then she tests him, and his answers reveal the truth: That he is again showing the tendencies of a little monster. A Clockwork Orange is a novel by Anthony Burgess that was first published in 1962. No movie will be able to accurately portray the inner dialogue that we are allowed to watch unfold in a book. But the most drastic disparity between A Clockwork Orange the film and the novel is that Kubrick’s film omits a (sort of) happy ending epilogue written by Burgess for the book. I love the book. Unlike many films made these days, the violence … Unless you can read German. A Clockwork Orange is English-writer Anthony Burgessthe’s most famous book. It is set in a near-future society that has a youth subculture of extreme violence. I usually prefer a book over a film but when it comes to A Clockwork Orange I'm just ambivalent. Is it only that no words, however evocative, can ever pierce our comfort level the way an effectively directed scene of violence can? Now, I’m certainly not arguing that Burgess’ novel glorifies sexual assault and Kubrick’s film does not, as both are clearly parables about the damaging effects of ultraviolence. Alex's age is very important for that unease we're supposed to feel. a clockwork orange is the best book ever written because it breaks free of ordinary book structure. Thanks, [–]C_Me 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago (0 children). Being raised in America I've been stuffed to the gills with happy endings and bullshit sell-out endings for decades. Clearly the best? 10 year old children though? Instead, A Clockwork Orange was meant to end with a chapter (which nearly every copy of the book now contains) in which Alex quite suddenly loses his taste for violence, and decides he … Same goes for the costumes which helps us understand that it's happening in future though it's obvious it's not so distant future which is worrying. I didn't like the gentling of the child rape and rolling the old drunk scenes, I think the film got vilified enough Kubrick might as well have gone balls-out. A Clockwork Orange: Previously unseen ‘sequel’ to Anthony Burgess novel discovered. A Clockwork Orange is a book about a lot of things, but by its own statements at the end, it's primarily a book about youth. No God = no one is ever truly right or wrong about anything, thus satire is one slave criticizing another for being a different kind of slave, which is logically absurd. "There's nothing wrong with my books", he said, "they're all right here.". Who ever heard of a clockwork orange?’ Then I read a malenky bit out loud in a sort of very high preaching goloss: ‘—The attempt to impose upon man, a creature of growth and capable of sweetness, to ooze juicily at the last round the bearded lips of God, to attempt to impose, I say, laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation, against this I raise my swordpen—‘. Burgess himself admits to enjoying Alex’s prurient pleasures “by-proxy” in his critical (maybe hypocritical) forward to the book, and I think the manipulation of such urges are at the center of Kubrick’s production even as the irrational argument of freewill is given much lip service (irrational because there is even less evidence for the existence of freewill than there is evidence that violent films can adversely affect behavior). And for whatever it is worth, this is my red cent on the matter. And it doesn’t fit with the rest of the book at all. The boy is conditioned, then deconditioned, and he foresees with glee a resumption of the operation of free and violent will. The extra chapter just seems unauthentic and jarring and borderline cheesy... like being a psychopath is something you grow out of as you mature. I certainly don’t believe A Clockwork Orange the film is glorifying sexual violence, nor do I believe by a long shot that Kubrick’s The Shining is the worst Stephen King adaptation. This is particularly true in regards to the victims. Alex shows no indication of wanting to change. More significantly, the ending delineates change in Alex without any meaningful explanation of where it came from or what drove it. And that’s that.". I wish I could better explain why the irrational preaching of the novel somewhat works for me while the irrational preaching of the film leaves me conflicted. It seems as if Kubrick’s deliberate contradictions and tendency to set the audience at unease make those authors uncomfortable, as do his liberal adaptations of their work. Beware of buying German books without looking. He let me know there was rape in the film so I was prepared. As John O’Connell writes in his entry on A Clockwork Orange in Bowie’s Books (2019), “The biggest difference…has to do with the ending. However, I'm already familiar with much of what's discussed here. How we use that information is intensely personal. In it, he discusses much about the novel CLOCKWORK, including the idiocy of the US release. That's not exactly how it goes. (It’s clearly the best.) I'd done the lot, now. You've Had Your Time: Being the Second Part of the Confessions of Anthony Burgess is an amazing book. I think it may be the other way around. Alex might be naturally evil but in the end he's just a tool for governement's contest. Also, I have a hobby of reading detailed chapter-by-chapter synopses (plus character profiles, explanations of famous quotes and all that jazz) of classics and popular books I can't get into so that I at least get what's being said or what happens. I read the book many times in my teens and twenties, and did not see the movie until adulthood- I love both versions, though the book wins by a nose. He tells him that the Left-Wing man who had imprisoned him had been dealt with, and that there was a good job waiting for someone like Alex. There doesn't seem like any point to it, like someone pointed out above -- I didn't notice a single instance in which Alex wanted to change. And that’s that. It is set in a dismal dystopian England and presents a first-person account of a juvenile delinquent who undergoes state-sponsored … When a fictional work fails to show change, when it merely indicates that human character is set, stony, unregenerable, then you are out of the field of the novel and into that of the fable or the allegory. His books have been published all over the world and include A Clockwork Orange, The Clockwork Testament, Inside Mr Enderby, Enderby's Dark Lady, Earthly Powers, Abba Abba and The End … Her four most commonly used words are, "The book was better.". The message I get from the book's ending is that it placates the reader by sending the message that everything is going to all right and evil people change. What was really wanted was a Nixonian book with no shred of optimism in it. He hasn't changed. QuestionAbout the ending of a clockwork orange (self.movies). It's been a while, but I believe they un-did the procedure to score political points. The film is a visceral and blackly cynical satire. […] My book was Kennedyan and accepted the notion of moral progress. >!Twas the butler!<. But I can honestly say I'm biased, I remember loving the book, and reading it two or three times in a short period of time. The next novel like A Clockwork Orange has been labelled an allegory, a political treatise, a morality tale even a vision of the apocalypse, but to me, William Golding’s outstanding novel Lord of the Flies is a poignant reminder of the inevitable end … I also don't usually like 'definite' endings, but rather, I prefer open-ended conclusions where you don't have to be told by the author what happens to the character(s). Did Alex go back to his old ways of being a delinquent? One concludes with Alex growing up and … They seal the deal when Alex lets the Governor feed him. Depending on who sees it, A Clockwork Orange can make rape and murder appear funny or just plain fun. And how can the society turn upside down if it’s not organised. The same can be said for movies, games, music or any other artistic media. I know personally, that I feel a kinship with an author through their books, the same can not often be said about movies for me. It would cost them too much effort to detain or punish him, because the press would be all over them, accusing them of cruelty. (It's the second-worst last chapter in my reading experience, after the one in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; in both cases, the depth and beauty of the chapters that lead up to the dud ending make the journey worthwhile.). 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Alex's liberation from the Ludovico technique  -- dehumanizing in turn to its subject, the "caregivers" who adminsiter it, and the society that sees need for it -- was a triumph of spirit. According to Burgess, it was a jeu d'… It feels tacked on, a sort of deus ex machina that expects us to forget everything about this character we've learned so far. Showing all 21 items Jump to: Certification; Sex & Nudity (7) Violence & Gore (9) Profanity (1) Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking (2) Frightening & Intense … I’d love to hear others thoughts and opinions about this 🙂, [–]ZorroMeansFoxr/Movies Veteran 25 points26 points27 points 1 year ago (3 children). I like the film because It was a trippy movie and has influenced many people to read the book, but If I wrote it, I'd hate thu movie too. I definitely don't buy that. One implication of the "happy" ending seems to be that Alex simply grew out of his sadistic, sociopathic ways: Droogs will be droogs. How can we forget who Alex really is? There are only three specific scenes that were built as sets: … Intresting article. I am not saying these are invalid ideas; they just seem critically off to me from a secular point of view. Kubrick managed, through a masterful merging of imagery, narration and, perhaps most of all, Beethoven's transcendent music, to induce a mix of elation and revulsion like none I've ever experienced. from Houston, Texas is reading, Tom1960 And the other reason I prefer the movie ending to the book ending is the message it communicates. James M. Cain (Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, many novels) was once asked how he felt about how Hollywood had ruined his books. With me, it was the other way around, and I have to admit that the movie, though good, lost a bit of its power because I didn't feel Alex as a character grew there, which he did do for me in the novel. It is maddening. Really? [–]izzmond 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago (0 children). That is the real message of A Clockwork Orange. I'm willing to believe any character can change, but I need convincing. I learned this quote from Stephen King of all people, who I think is over his bad Kubrick experience. What's the Difference between A Clockwork Orange the Book and A Clockwork Orange the Movie? © 2016 LitReactor, LLC | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service, Joshua Chaplinsky Some do. But I find it surprising that Burgess thinks the film is more indulgently depraved than his own novel when the most disturbing scene in the book doesn’t even appear in the movie. from Union, NH is reading, K. H. Feikus And education they had had. It's also not one of those books with clear, easy-to-understand language. They looked like they had been in some big bitva, as indeed they had, and were all bruised and pouty. Clearly the best? Even once the technique is proclaimed a success and Alex is released, we're not given any indication that he's truly grown and changed, but that he's not in control of his behavior. They have two different endings. So I don’t think the book or the film is better – both have much to offer, different questions to answer. The British edition of the novel ends on an optimistic note, with … [–]ZorroMeansFoxr/Movies Veteran 13 points14 points15 points 1 year ago (1 child). This Spoils the Ending In the Book… Regardless, author's can only put things to paper. For A Clockwork Orange in particular, I prefer the movie ending better (again, in theory, since I haven't read the book) for a couple of reasons. Illustration of Mothra from Mythical Monsters:The Scariest Creatures From Legends, Books And Movies. You summed it up well at the end, "I don’t want to live in a world where I have to choose between a brilliant author or a visionary director, and thankfully, I don’t have to. Though I haven't yet read the book, in theory, I like the way the movie ends (or the book without the final chapter). Even though that was also because of the own language, and the way it dragged you into Alex's head, unpleasant as it may have been in there :). Will have to chew on it. @Josh - that's an interesting angle! I love the book. In this, however, Kubrick was no different than Burgess, who drew the same contrasts and also used narrator Alex's asides to pull the reader into his confidence. If only everyone could be so magnanimous, but the media bubble has to put everything in competition. I'd never heard Burgess's claim that the final, tacked-on chapter was necessary to demonstrate the character growth intrinsic to a good novel, but I call BS on that. I never read the book because I got it on audiobook and the first thing I heard was Burgess lamenting the missing 21st chapter in previous additions. Alex tells her that while he was drifting in and out of clarity, he thought that the doctors were fiddling around inside his head. So if that’s the case, did he become like that after the suicide attempt or the was it the fact that Alex was really never cured and could never be cured in the first place?? While Burgess’ … I would simply say that the book lacks where the film can fill in and vice versa. Kubrick’s film is based on the more dismal American version of the novel, and in a forward written by Burgess in a 1986 edition, he makes his displeasure known: It is with a kind of shame that this growing youth looks back on his devastating past. I didn’t feel like going out in streets and start to punch people when I finished reading the book or watching the film. I prefer the book without the 21st chapter, and the movie also. the main character is not very heroic, and is actually very dispicable. My dad remembered watching the film when he was in his late teens and wanted me to see it. Casting MM was brilliant, and though his mad glee in the violence is palpable, it does nothing to glorify the violence he and his droogs indulge in. And me still only fifteen.' First of all, there is no indication throughout the movie (and I presume the book) that Alex is interested in any genuine change. Other than that, the last (21st) chapter certainly changes the whole meaning of the book and movie; without it, ACO is a cautionary tale about the prevalence of violence in our society, but also that sometimes this violence can be necessary (after the conditioning, even if someone attacks him, Alex cannot defend himself), and of course the whole issue about whether or not a man who is good simply because he is forced to do so, is really good- without choice, we are not really humans, just more sophisticated machines. from New Zealand is reading, Kevin Maddox A Clockwork Orange, novel by Anthony Burgess, published in 1962. I really doubt whether Stanley Kubrick intended for his film to say anything so specific. The rest of the novel -- the potent creations of Alex, the nadsat dialect, his dreary world, and his responses to it (including his love of music) -- is great in spite of that ending, not because of it. The book was published in 1962, written in the dystopian genre, and made into a movie in 1971. Many sociopaths like Alex don't change. AP Names Anya Taylor-Joy Breakthrough Entertainer of 2020, Daft Punk releases new extended version of the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, Warner Bros. will release its 2023 movies in theaters first. In the film, it’s a drunken tramp. That's why I think the 21st chapter is important because it shows that an inclination to violence is natural but can be just a phase of life. And I find it impossible to swallow morality from someone who doesn’t even try to convince me that there is such a thing outside of delusion. In fact, this is the only chapter where our protagonist-narrator experiences growth, or more profoundly, … Always I will suggest people read the book if they like the movie, as they will flesh in details one can't get any other way. I don't think there's anything glorifying in that. I love the artistry of his adaptation but the content ultimately distracts my appreciation of the style. Rendered by PID 23382 on r2-app-0d385b4c3ab8950bb at 2020-12-24 20:18:08.624801+00:00 running 6abf2be country code: PL. from Connecticut, USA is reading, Kelly A Egan and join one of thousands of communities. It seems most people watched the movie first, before reading the book. There's no proper way to flavor emotions in movies outside lighting and music, which many directors have tried to do in film. So if someone says the story glorifies violence it’s because he’s scared of possibility that people would follow the footsteps of Alex – and then the story fulfilled its intention. Then, BAM!, he's suddenly a quasi-remorseful man with aims at family life. 1971 full ending and credits of "A Clockwork Orange" filmed in the cinema. For starters, I'd argue Alex's journey, from punk to mind-control poster child to "cured," is a novelistic character arc, albeit an unconventional one. Because I might be leaning that way. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is an extremely intense movie. A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian satirical black comedy novel by English writer Anthony Burgess, published in 1962. The charisma of Malcolm McDowell and the playfulness of Kubrick’s style make it easy to find validation in it for sadistic and antisocial ideas and feelings (something that I know from personal experience). For leaked info about upcoming movies, twist endings, or anything else spoileresque, please use the following method: A Clockwork Orange certainly has an originality, but as it took me three weeks to read a relatively short book… Summary Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis. Both Stanley Kubrick and Anthony Burgess are dead and we are left to speculate, praise and condemn based on our own perception of their work. 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