Tuesday, 31 May 2011

A Clockwork Orange turns 40 firmly in fashion

A Clockwork Orange was written in 1962 by Anthony Burgess, and currently ranks number 65 on the list of top fictional novels. It was unusual for its heavy use of Nadsat, a dialect invented by Burgess based upon Russian. For example: droog = friend; korova = cow; risp = shirt; golova ('gulliver') = head; malchick or malchickiwick = boy; soomka = sack or bag; Bog = God; khorosho ('horrorshow') = good; prestoopnick = criminal; rooka ('rooker') = hand; cal = crap; veck ('chelloveck') = man or guy; litso = face;malenky = little; For some this made the book hard slogging

Before Walter Carlos became Wendy Carlos he recorded IMHO the greatest soundtrack of all time.As you can hear in the video clip the music is classical, mostly popular Beethoven. After wearing out the vinyl on the first album I bought it again and still have a pristine cover and disc. Whether it was intentional or not the Jane's Addiction song 1% pays tribute to the theme of the movie with the lyric " the gangs and the government ain't no different"

Harry Brown is seen by many as an English remake of Death Wish, but it is easy to place it as a bookend for a Clockwork Orange, and proof of prescience.

Stanley Kubrick is best remembered for 2001 A Space Odyssey. He made many Iconic movies but none better or more timeless than this one.

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