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A Clockwork Orange: Juiced and Pulped

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A Clockwork Orange: Juiced and Pulped
Kubrick, Burgess and 3
Oranges
All
Oranges
contain 3 parts:
Alex & Droogs, Ludovico Technique, and Post-prison

Arithmological Difference:
America:
The "Immoral"
Orange
(1962) (20 chapters)
-Kubrick's
Orange
(1971) (20 chapters)
Rest of the world:
The "Moral"
Orange
(1962) (21 chapters): sudden shift

ULTRA-VIOLENCE: Psycho/logical Operations
Nadsat: "Get on my level"
A Russified Version of English
American Capitalism & Soviet Communism
First Person narration
Subjective case
Degree of Intimacy
Second Person Interjections
"your humble narrator"
"Oh Brother" / "Oh, my brothers"
Alex's dialogue with audiences illustrates a degree of detachment.
Beauty and Terror: "Getting off on Power"
Alex and Droogs
Structure: 4's a crowd.

Hierarchy: Alex leads

Characteristics: Teenage Angst, (ultra) Violence, Crime, General (defiant) Naughtiness
What might the title mean?
What up Dog
Classical Conditioning, or The Ludivico (Ludwig Van) Technique
Definition of Classical Condition:
a learning process that occurs when two stimuli are repeatedly paired; a response that is at first elicited by the second stimulus is eventually elicited by the first stimulus alone.



Stimulus Generalization--i.e., Conditioned Response.
Alex’s “appreciation of the
arts” do not create a more sedate, “cultured” individual; in fact, it tends to fuel his violence.

What is being suggested?
The inherent violence of a disciplined taste, a "refinement."
Ode to Joy
Pimped out in High Fashion
Alex highlights the internalized symbolic violence of "culture" and refined taste.
At the same time, Alex revels with these notions
of "culture," and music.

this occurs in this scene where Kubrick juxtaposes Beethoven's 9th, at the moment when it turns carnivalesque, with Alex in high fashion.
Music and Universal Fraternity
https://www.csudh.edu/dearhabermas/strctviol06.htm
The reel
modifies
the real
Did it work? Was the effect wearing off? was he being mischevious the whole time?
Semiotics:
Mask = Shower Cloth
Cup = Sponge
Tap on tub 2x's
kicks old man 2x's
5th in novel
9th in film (Nazi approved)

Europe adapts "Ode to Joy" at time
of release of "Clockwork Orange"




Textual Hints
"'you needn't make it any further, sir.' I'd changed my tune a malenky bit in my cunning way. 'You've proved to me that all this drasting and ultra-violence and killing is wrong wrong and terribly wrong. I've learned my lessons sirs. I see now what I've never seen before. I'm cured, praise God'..."
'you're not cured yet.'
"'But, sir, sirs, I see that it's wrong. It's wrong because it's against like society...I've learned a lot, oh really I have.'"
Alex to the shrinks on being "cured"
Performance: The Reel Horrorshow


The Staged public DEMONstration-presentation
Alex's smirk
Alex "incapable" of sexual impulses
PORN AND VIOLENCE in (and as) ART and "CULTURE"
Banksy in Bristol Musem
"Canons of Decency"
Social Service, or without "[ludovico] services" there is no society
"
The State consists of a number of people who, having somehow got hold of it, make use of the machinery of coercion to the end that they might pursue their version of happiness...Taking into consideration the paraphernalia of coercion—laws, propaganda, and the police—the State might be called an institution; but at bottom it is a gang of people."- Frank Chodorov, The Rise and Fall of Society (1959)

"the eye-popping, multimedia, quadrasonic, drug-oriented conditioning of human beings by other beings" -Kubrick
"the eye-popping, multimedia, quadrasonic, drug-oriented conditioning of human beings by other beings" -Kubrick
Burgess and the British Colonial Service
Burgess Joined in 1954
Was a teacher and education officer in Malaya

Clockwork Orange published in 1962

CIA involved in covert operations c.1950 with an interest to contain communist influence

tidbit: "Orang" in Malay means man
"Here was my bed...and banners and flags on the wall...remembrances of my corrective school life since I was eleven...
SOUTH 4: METRO CORSKOL BLUE DIVISION; THE BOYS OF ALPHA
" - Alex ( Burgess, Part One, Chapter 3)
"the figure 4 refers to the conjunction of
4
US states, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. To the
south
of this is a military reservation, based in a
metro
politan location. The base is a training school (
sko
l in Russian), initially supervised by the US Navy's
Blue Division,
which experimented with the
Alpha
waves of the human unconsciousness" - James Morrison, The Independent (2002), "CIA mind-control trial revealed as secret inspiration behind
A Clockwork Orange"
Comfortably Numb: An Aesthetics of Anaethesia
Irony of indoctrination through "proper" Conditioning
While the State attempts to rectify Alex's
humanity
via the Ludovico Technique,

the film illustrates, visually, the conditioning of Alex through the subtle, and sometimes clearly overt, abuse of his environment:


Tech.no.logik

MEDUSA (Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio)
Optogenetics
Neurolinguistics
Psychotronics
Transduction
"The American or Kubrickian
Orange
is a fable; the British or world one is a novel [...] My book was Kennedyan and accepted the notion of moral progress. What was really wanted was a Nixonian book with no shred of optimism in it"
-Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange Resucked" (1986)
Bogus Source (wikipedia):
Vietnam War: 1956-1975

Kennedy assassination: 1961-63
Johnson's nomination: 63-69
Nixon's Presidency: 1969-74
Questions


How would the film be different had Kubrick integrated the 21st Chapter, Alex's suggestion decision to be "moral"? What message, in regard to Alex's condition, is Kubrick conveying at the end of the film?

Is Alex merely a clockwork automaton, a creature of his mechanized society, whose violence is merely an extension of his own boredom and sense of worthlessness? Or is he, in fact, better than his clockwork society, an artistic intelligent person?

(Assumption: being artistic and intelligent give worth)
21: "too didactic to be artistic"
Schopenhauer: art does not exist to
edify
hedonism
Alex: Mechanism: Organism
Define Amnesiacs:

The consumption of "mass in G" type of material through our "googly eyed" (s)exploited desires of basic impulses herds subjectivity (if any) toward "Normalization," or, rather, being effectively neutered and domesticated.

Desensitized and anesthetized by
constant pummeling of the hyper-media
mind-fuck. effectively, comfortably dumbed.

Alex finds self-definition in his choosing to be violent, similarly, "art" and "artist" are characterized by similar urges.

The Paradox, or Alex's Gridlock

Thesis anti-thesis

Synthesis
Clockwork
Orange
(Ultra-Violence)
(Free Will)

"What's it goin to be then, eh?"
(Settle Down)
(Determinism)
("progress")
(Violence subsides)
(Thesis)
Anti-(syn)thesis
Etc. etc. "
and all that cal, oh my brothers
"
The Dialect
Brought to you by "your humble narrator"
The Nadsat language (and by extension the written word) itself illustrates an experiment in conditioning.
"For words, like Nature, half reveal. And half conceal the Soul within." -Tennyson
The dialogue highlights Alex's status as outsider
(Image Source: http://psylelon.blogspot.com/2009/10/clockwork-orange-classical-conditioning.html (Heather Laskin))
"All control systems try to make control as tight as
possible, but at the same time, if they succeeded
completely there would be nothing left to control.
Suppose for example a control system installed electrodes
in the brains of all prospective workers at birth. Control
is now complete. Even the thought of rebellion is neurologically impossible. No police force is necessary. No psychological control is necessary, other than pressing buttons to achieve certain activations and operations."
-Burroughs, "The Limits of Control" (1978)
Storyline: 8-bit
GTA style
Alex on his Violence,
He had been
"one of these malenky toys you viddy being sold in the streets, like little chellovecks made out of tin and with a spring inside and then a winding handle on the outside and you wind it up grrr grrr grrr and off it itties, like walking, O my brothers. But it itties in a straight line and bangs straight into things bang bang and it cannot help what it is doing. Being young is like being like one of these malenky machines."
Alex on his possible progeny and life,
"And so it would itty on to like the end of the world, round and round and round, like some bolshy gigantic like chelloveck, like old Bog Himself (by courtesy of Korova Milkbar) turning and turning and turning a vonny grahzny orange in his gigantic rookers."
Works of fine arts juxtaposed with
violence.

(as opposed to institutions of
"progress" where art is absent)

Social Engineering: "Might is Right"
Stage Puppets
"Left"
"right"
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