A Clockwork Orange definitely did not settle well with me. The film is definitely disturbing to say the list. However, this is not to say that the movie is not well constructed, directed, scripted, etc. Sound plays an integral role through out the entire film. During the two and half hour screen time, the amount of time there was music playing in the background greatly exceeds the handful of times no sound is heard. This is true right from the very beginning of the film where we first hear extra-diegetic sounds. Generally in films extra-diegetic sounds are used to emphasize what is occurring on screen. Usually it adds to the spectators’ senses and creates a mood that parallels that of the movie. However, this film really does quite the opposite. It takes Classical music and pairs it with extremely unsettling images and movements. This creates a sense of confusion and– in my opinion– just adds on to the disturbance factor. We see this as Alex belches “Singing in the Rain” while him and his buddies shamelessly harass an innocent couple. He rapes the mans wife right in front of his very eyes, conditioning the fellow to recall this terror every time he hears that song. To be honest, I am not sure if I will ever look at that song the same way. Diegetic sounds are heard here as well: as the couple squeals as Alex beats them. It is obvious Alex is fond of music seeing as he possesses a countless number of records in his room. Not to mention he picks up two women in a record store. That scene also uses music in a brilliant manner. As the scene is put in fast-forward, the music also quickens in pace. In the end when Alex is being beaten by the police, the sound of the bar hitting him yielded a different unique sound every time. I am not quite sure what the meaning behind this was but maybe it is just to show that his life is in complete disarray? Also, because there was usually some sort of sound present in the background, when there wasn’t you knew something serious was happening. For instance, when there were serious conversations whether it was when he was in jail or eating dinner at his previous victims house, no sound existed.