What are some brief insights on ACO?

-- Opening image of ACO flips last image of 2001, as 2001 flips
   ending of DR. STRANGELOVE.

                           Death ==> Dawn
                    StarChild ==> Evil Teenager

-- It is Alex's parents who understand him the least.

                                                                (Z.R.)

-- The bodybuilder is played by David Prowse, who was also Darth
   Vader in STAR WARS.

                     NIETZSCHE STILL IN THE BACKGROUND

-- Here is what Alex thinks while he is listening to Beethoven's 9th 
   Symphony: "It was like a bird of rarest spun heaven metal. Like 
   silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense. It was 
   gorgeousness and gorgeosity..."
   
   I have found Nietzsche's HUMAN, ALL TOO HUMAN book (tr. Marion 
   Faber, Univ. of Nebraska Press), and here is a quote from page 106. 
   (NOTE: this book was written in the late 1870s). "At a certain place 
   in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, for example, he [the free spirit] 
   might feel that he is floating above the earth in a starry dome, with 
   the dream of immortality in his heart; all the stars seem to glimmer 
   around him, and the earth seems to sink ever deeper downwards . . . "                                                                

                                                                (Z.R.)

                         CLOCKWORK ORANGE FILMBOOK

When ACO was released, Stanley Kubrick published a book version of 
the film. It consists of a scene by scene series of black and 
white stills with the dialog printed underneath. To my knowledge 
this is the first and last time that Kubrick did this. . . .

I found it odd that a director who has such a perfect grasp of the 
medium of cinema would produce such a non-cinematic version of his 
work . . . devoid of the colour, music, pacing, and drama of the 
original. The book presents a flat, cartoon version of the film.

Here is the preface to the book, written by Kubrick on May 22, 
1972:

     I have always wondered if there might be a more meaningful 
     way to present a book about a film. To make, as it were, 
     a complete, graphic representation of the film, cut by cut, 
     with the dialogue printed in the proper place in relation 
     to the cuts, so that within the limits of still-photographs 
     and words, an accurate (and I hope interesting) record of 
     a film might be available to anyone who had a bit more curiosity 
     than just knowing what happened in the last reel. This book 
     represents that attempt. If there are inaccuracies then they 
     have escaped the endless chekcing and re-checking of myself 
     and my assistants, Andros Epaminondas and Margaret Adams.

I have similar "film books" of a couple of Hitcock's films, but 
these seem like odd artifacts of a pre-VCR society. Is there still 
a market for this kind of publication in this adge of interactive 
CD-ROMs and readily available video-tape versions of any film 
you'd care to own? I have always had the idea of producing an 
annotated 2001 in a book or CD-ROM format with all available 
production notes, special effects explanations, trivia, analysis, 
etc. I just don't know if the market for this kind of thing exists 
anymore . . . 

                                                              (J.H.T.)

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