A Clockwork Orange, as far as sound goes, uses contrast in events and situations with a lot of connection to music. The movie emphasizes sound effects for the added “feeling”. This movie blows my mind and it is hard to process still after the few hours that have past, with some special scenes in mind I will no longer fluff the introduction.
It can’t be helped. I am going to talk about the sex scene. The scene went with the music completely. Alex invites two girls over and then it just cuts to the bed. The music starts and it is as if we are waiting for the music to get faster as we have a long hold on the bed. The suddenly, the music gets very quick and the three characters pop in and do the “old in and out” in a fast forward motion that parallels the music perfectly.
Throughout the movie, there is a contrasting of very excited music with very disturbing scenes. Usually it is the 9th by Ludwig Van Beethoven. The happy feel makes it very creepy with there is a scene with men trying to rape a girl, or contemplating doing things that would go against society, or being paired with a concentration camp. There is also Singing in the Rain that is very insane, since Alex is singing the song so happily while raping a woman and assaulting the writer from the story. Both were used for cues, as Singing in the Rain made the writer realize later on that Alex was in fact Alex. The 9th was used in association with the conditioning that he was going through so it cued bad events and his nausea and sickness.
Sound once again was huge in this movie, it would hardly be possible to watch this movie without sound. The sound effects were very crisp in this movie also. If it isn’t music, then it is the sound of footsteps or the door slamming, or the crinkling of paper. I can hardly imagine the things that will come up once discussion hits tomorrow.