Week 8 Post

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.

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2 thoughts on “Week 8 Post

  1. It does go without say that A Clockwork Orange utilizes sound mostly in a contrasting manner. Disconnect between the sound and what the viewer is witnessing on screen is what makes this movie stand out from typical, everyday films. This is what makes this movie perfect for sound analysis. I too found this movie pretty difficult to wrap my mind around. The sex scene with the two women from the record store definitely stood out to me as well. This was probably one of the only scenes that I felt there was no extreme separation between sounds and actions in. The contrast of music and action in the rape scene with Alex singing “Singing in the Rain” was probably one of the most disturbing. He really appeared to be in a joyous state while instilling excruciating pain in others. Just as this song indirectly led to the death of the writers wife, it implicitly led to Alex’s near death experience. This song permitted the writer to recognize Alex. With extreme anger he then drugged him and played the music he knew would drive Alex to commit suicide- Beethoven’s 9th. It’s amazing how one thing can lead to the next, even with something as simple as sound.

  2. In most movies, the goal is to employ sound that will directly compliment the action on screen. In A Clockwork Orange, however, it seems that Stanley Kubrick chooses to break from the norm and provide extra diegetic music that proves unsettling when compared to the actions of the film. Nevertheless, Kubrick enhances the film by making its most violent scenes even more perplexing with the use of classical music.

    In regards to the sex scene, I felt it was a comedic and unique way of condensing a scene that would of otherwise not had fitted the vibe of the movie if shown at normal pace. It just goes to show how much Kubrick values sound in his movies in that he gives it such a vital role in conveying thought and emotion to the audience.

    Personally, I listen to classical music while studying. Ever since watching the film, regardless of what song it is, it makes me think back to the classical music used in the film. In this sense, Kubrick truly left an effect on me with his film and I feel that this is something all filmmakers try to accomplish.

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