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“Clockwork Orange”: Kubrick’s full of surprises

Everyone can seat around and enjoy themselves while watching Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece “The Clockwork Orange”, but the truth is that few can make out the meticulous details which were thoroughly put on by this connoisseur of the cinema. From the very introduction to the ending scene, the film is jammed with impressive footages making reference to a whole series of phenomena related to the film. As a matter of fact, tepasmas.com, a web site which offers wide and accurate explanations to all these references, can be considered among the best and more relevant resources when carrying out a work on subliminal messages in Kubrick’s “The Clockwork Orange”.

To start with, some places seem to be recurrent for Kubrick. The bar in which the film opens, for instance, is the same one appearing in the distinguished Scottish film “Trainspotting”. The name of the place is “Voloko bar” and it does actually exist, being established in Liverpool, UK.

As for the cast and directors, there is also a lot to talk about. Stanley Kubrick himself made a cameo role in the scene when Alex is about to get into a music store and win over some girls. The main characters who play Alex and the drugos even act as other characters in some random scenes. Moreover, among the journals explaining the Ludovic treatment Alex has undergone, the name Burguess can be seen for some seconds, that is to say, the name of the author of the novella.

Some other allusions are also made throughout the movie, with regard to the music or some random and trivial details. The music with which the first scene opens is the same one used in the film “The Shining”, which, by the way, was also shot by Stanley Kubrick. Besides, when Alex and his friends break into a house with the purpose of stealing, the owner of the house is a writer, who at that precise moment was writing a book called “The Clockwork Orange”.

All in all, Tepasmas.com makes an exhaustive analysis of several films, starting from the directors and plot writers and scrutinizing the double intentions and messages hidden all over.  That is why it should be a crucial reference to turn to when analyzing the hidden messages of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Clockwork Orange”.


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  1. February 12, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Kubrick had nothing to do with Trainspotting, other than serve as inspiration to the authors.

    In Kubrick’s film the bar is called “Korova Milk Bar” (“Korova” is Russian for “cow”), and the writing on the walls is on the form “Moloko Velocet”, where “Moloko” is Russian for “Milk” and the other word is the name of the drug it is laced with.

    It was a set purpose-built for the movie.

    In Trainspotting, as an homage to Kubrick, they included a parody of the iconic scene. They use the word “Voloko”, probably meant to be similar looking nonsense and to avoid copyright infringement, which actually means “Portage”. As they where tight with cash during the making of this movie, the budget dictated the look and pacing of the film to a great extent: Dirty water became clean, an arid waste became lush green, scenes transitioned from a place to another in the blink of an eye, etc.

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