A Clockwork Orange | Critical Essay by Vivian C. Sobchack

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of A Clockwork Orange.
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Critical Essay by Vivian C. Sobchack

SOURCE: “Décor as Theme: Literature/Film Quarterly, Vol. IX, No. 2, 1981, pp. 92-102.

In the following essay, Sobchack explores Kubrick's use of décor to emphasize the theme of violence in A Clockwork Orange.

… The film … manages to make poetry out of doorknobs, breakfasts, furniture. Trivial details, of which everyone's universe is made, can once again be transmuted into metaphor, contributing to the imaginative act.

… Emphasized or not, invited or not, the physical world through the intensifications of photography never stops insisting on its presence and relevance.

—Stanley Kauffmann1

Because cinema visuals are intellectually clumsy (having no prepositions, conjunctions or grammer to speak of) the commercial cinema's natural tendency, at least in its present stage of development, is to disguise metaphors as props, decor, setting, plot-symbols, locale, and...

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