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Twisted Tuesdays: Behind the Scenes of A Clockwork Orange, 1971

“There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence.”

“One thing I could never stand was to see a filthy dirty old drunky howling away at the filthy songs of his fathers and going blurp blurp in between as it might be a filthy old orchestra in his stinking rotten guts;I could never stand to see anyone like that. whatever his age might be, but more especially when he was real old like this one was.


 “Oh bliss, bliss and heaven… Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh… And then, a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now… I knew such lovely pictures”

“A bit cold and pointless, isn’t it, my lovely? What you got back home, little sister, to play your fuzzy warbles on? I bet you got little save pitiful portable picnic players. Come with uncle and hear all proper. Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones. You are invited.”


“I’ve suffered the tortures of the damned, sir…tortures of the damned.”

“What we were after now was the old surprise visit. That was a real kick and good for laughs and lashings of the old ultraviolent.”

“The Durango ’95 purred away a real horrowshow – a nice, warm vibraty feeling all through your guttiwuts. And soon it was trees and dark, my brothers, with real country dark.”




 “And the first thing that flashed into my gulliver was that I’d like to have her right down there on the floor with the old in-out, real savage.”




“No time for the old in-out, love, I’ve just come to read the meter.”

“It’s funny how the colours of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.”

“I was cured all right.”

Photos via Dangerous Minds

This is my favorite film of all time. I’ve watched it over a hundred times and still get goosebumps. Kubrick was a master and it is impossible to not be in awe of how flawless this film is. From the acting to the set design to the cinematography, Kubrick’s OCD perfectionism is clear. From all that I’ve read about him, he was not easy to work with but his movies are classics that still hold up decades later.  Also Malcolm McDowell as Alex DeLarge is the droog of my dreams!

Bonus:

Great interview with Malcolm McDowell about what it was like to act in A Clockwork Orange as well as how Kubrick wasn’t as bad as people say. They got along fairly well. Also, McDowell talks about the alternate ending in the UK version of the book:

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