A Clockwork Orange
Over the past two weeks we saw, for one more time, that Kubrick has a very distinct and tremendous understanding when it comes to using classical music. For “A Clockwork Orange” the writer of the novel, Anthony Burgess, has some kind of obsession and own taste about classical music, when these two understanding combines we get a unique synthesis, it is mostly Kubrick’s, though. In the following part of this paper, the use of music will be examined in order of the course of events in the movie:
Before the first scene, a very mysterious, kind of sad and ominous but hopeful music welcomes us along with a bright red image. It has a very different sound, like it is out of our world. Before we see any of the scenes it is making …show more content…
The music feels like it can be used in a Charlie Chaplin movie, and with the music and high-speed the scene feels like a slapstick. The music is again used in this scene and the following scene with Dim and George, ironically and turned the scenes into a comedy.
In the scene of the woman with the cats, we see a combination of number of themes such as music, sex, art and violence. We hear Rossini again in an ironic use, the fight between the woman and Alex seem like a dance and the death of the woman projected like a comedy with exaggerated faces of actors and moves of the camera. Therefore, the music fits the scene nicely. Being attacked with a Beethoven bust is seems like a reference to the future of the movie.
After Alex has found guilty, in prison scene we hear Rossini again. Here, the piece fits the mood for sad and unfortunate fate of such young man being imprisoned. In the prison how hard he acts like he has changed, he always sees himself among violence and sex. When he is about to be selected for the experiment group for Ludovico technique, a piece from Elgar starts to play. Which is commonly used as a graduation march, we can associate it with Alex’s departure from the …show more content…
We hear Purcell when Alex and his old friends who have become police officers, bumps into him. I think Purcell is located here to make a reference to their past experiences and the old times they were on the same road and same places together as a gang.
After Alex was driven to suicide by the 9th Symphony, he is placed in a hospital where his parents and the minister visits him. Before and during his parents’ visit, we hear a different and more upbeat version of Purcell’s piece. It fits the mood of the scene behind the eyes of Alex and his mental state. When the minister visit him, as he feeds Alex, it is looking like this interaction is humiliating for him and Alex enjoys it. They get mutual benefit from their arrangement and Alex gets 9th Symphony as his reward. As we can see from his expressions he now can enjoy this music, presumably he will be able to act violent again. The 9th Symphony was a part of the technique that puts Alex in that position, and it seems like a nice way to mark the end of his troubles with the same
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I am out collecting berries close by and shall return this evening. thank you, Chris McCandless, august?”(Krakauer, 12). My opinion is that this shows Alex was not successful at this moment because he is close to death and he needs a way out.
Alex changes throughout the story because at the start he is a jealous person and he doesn’t give his girlfriend Christine much freedom to do what she wants. This side of Alex changes though as he starts to realize that he has to trust Christine more and give her some more freedom. For example, this is shown when Alex starts to realize that he cannot always say the first thing that comes to mind. The text states, “Alex spent a large chunk of the night dancing with Christine, losing her just once when he went to get drinks and found her dancing naturally with Matt. Even that didn’t really bother him”
Alex is a seemingly active and sociable person living in a small society. However, he has a desire to do terrible things which is not what a normal teenager usually do. As a fifteen year old, he has already become a leader of a small gang of criminals consisting of Dim, Georgie, and Pete. This causes a rise in his psychopathic behaviour to create mischief and terror in the streets. As a juvenile delinquent, he will try to find victims of opportunities and uses that moment to either rape or robe them and ending with a cruel and severe punishment.
Originator Of the original composers we discussed in class, the one that stands out the most for me is Alfred Newman and his music score for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I have discussed this in an earlier paper, but the music used in the movie and in particular, the scene where Quasimodo is placed on display in the public square and is ridiculed by the villagers is the most memorable. The scene has very little dialogue, save for Quasimodo (Charles Laughton) begging for water. As the villagers mock his cries for help, the music comes in and suddenly captures the scene perfectly as the noise of the crowd fades out.
The use of background music is also incredible here. Different from the documentary style of simple music with realistic sounds in Suzhou River, the music has exquisite melody played by violin and horn and accompanied by orchestra. This flash-back scene uncovering Ageha’s childhood memory is long with those different sceneries, Ageha playing in the bathroom, Ageha’s mom making love and a butterfly flying around; the single piece of classical music smoothly connects those
This piece consisted of two different movements. The second part of it was a lot more allegro, upbeat, and energized. It symbolized the eternal love that no one, not even a powerful king, could take away. The whole orchestra had more active roles and a polyphonic texture. Together they made a beautiful
Let it go. That is what a lot characters in films have to do when losing loved ones. Death scenes are common in many types of films. This paper will rhetorically analyze and compare the director’s choices of film elements appeal to their audience’s ethos, pathos, and logos in Frozen (2013) and The Snow Queen (2012). One scene where the directors make some similar yet also very different choices in film elements is the scene where both of the sibling’s parents die.
Throughout the film Leone use the music to assist in the emotion, tone, and mood of the scenes. In the scene where Tuco runs through the graveyard the music giver an audible display of Tuco’s jubilance as he believes he is going to have the gold all to himself. There are other scenes more specifically the gun fights were the music amplifies the intensity of the situations and makes them almost unwatchable from the suspense. This was never more apparent than the finally standoff between Tuco, Blondie, and Angel Eyes. The music is woven throughout the film and complements the story like bullets to guns.
In this point of my analysis, I deal with the scene that one could argue most enriches the main subject of the story, namely hope. In this scene that is created by Darabont, Andy, who is at Norton 's office to receive some used books and sundries for the prison 's library, locks the guard in the bathroom and then starts playing a recording of ‘Canzonettasull 'aria’ from the opera The Marriage of Figaro. As Verstraten argues, filmmakers use music as narrative tool(153) that not only challenges the audience 's emotions but also carries the theme of the movie. In this scene the music is intradiegetic since Andy connects the public speaker system to the record player so that all of the prisoners can hear the music. In her book Music in American Crime Prevention and Punishment, Lily Hirsch explains that this scene “also highlights another utopia musical ascription related to the contested idea that music is a universal language” since all the prisoners are feeling connected, enjoying the music while hope is revived within their
Introduction Roger’s and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is arguably one of the most well known films that many can admit to watching at least once in their lifetime. People all around the world have found this musical inspiring, as it documents growth and hope amidst the horrors of World War II. This incredibly well written film is based on the story of the Von Trapp family who escaped Austria when the Nazis invaded it during the war. Part of what made this movie so interesting on so many different accounts was the music that accompanied the vivid and exciting scenes. Without music, many could agree that our world would be a sad, quiet, dull and depressing place.