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At the same time, the act of wearing lipstick heightens the pathological masculinity of the gang of hoodlums who will spend the next few scenes beating and raping random citizens. The table nude that sits in front of them is both erotic and fascinating. The placement of the table in front of them belays a level of sexual openness with sexual imagery that seems progressive. Yet the table presents an image of a naked, aroused, and passive nubile woman. Such an image expresses a male sexuality that desires submissive women who are de-individuated as much as possible. Looking at the sculpture of the nude woman, we can see very little of the expression on her face. We see only that she is aroused. However, it functions primarily as an atmospheric addition to the menacing quality of the image we see before us.

The situation only gets worse as the dolly pulls back even further. We see that we are watching Alex and his fellow hoodlums in a nightclub. The sculptures of passive female nudes are both tables and dispensers of drinks laced with narcotics. The other clubbers sit passively in a state of drug induced stupor. Sculptures of naked women sit atop platforms with their hands tied behind their backs in chains and handcuffs. Sexuality is now being represented by images of naked, nubile women who are in a position of forced submissiveness. Both bouncers appear quite menacing and yet both are wearing one piece leotard outfits that make each appear like particularly athletic ballet dancers.

Alex is now talking to the audience in voice over. He informs us, using his futuristic nadsat slang, that we are looking at a night club that goes by the name of the Kerova milk bar. Here we can see quite clearly that Alex is an emergent property of the society he inhabits. In his society, youthful gender bending and sexual freedom have become expressions of aggressive, anti-social behaviour. This is a society that eroticises male-on-female rape without much critical reflection. It is a society so pre-occupied with hedonistic pleasure that it seems to have become numb to pleasure. These conditions create a population that is largely oblivious to much of its own problems.

One of the main problems is a youth sub-culture of male teenagers who seem to satisfy their desire for pleasure through the brutal domination of others. These social elements coalesce in the character of Alex, who is a metaphor for the society in which he lives. It would be very odd for a society such as the one depicted in A Clockwork Orange to not contain a person like Alex. He is a horny, violent and brutal psychopath who is simultaneously a charming and witty person who relishes in the aesthetic beauty of creative actions.

In this way, Alex represents the danger of romanticising both social liberalism and aesthetic daring. When we romanticise such political values, we ignore how effectively they can manifest the uglier sides of humanity. The scene opens with a close up of the homeless man which then pulls back to a wide shot of Alex and his gang hovering over the man in giant, menacing silhouettes. As Alex recounts in his narration, their sole motivation for beating this man is the fact that he is filthy, drunk, and loud. Before they strike the man with chains, kicks, and clubs, they listen to him profess an indifference to his own death. His reasoning is that he does not want to live in a society that is itself indifferent to the crime and domestic squalor of which he is a victim.

The homeless man believes he lives in a society that is more concerned with its thriving space program than with the oppression of the old by the young. Alex and his gang listen to the old man in amusement before mercilessly beating him. The droogs assaulting a drunken homeless man in noire-ish lighting. Here, we see that the social freedoms expressed in the Kerova milk bar do nothing to undermine the existence of extreme poverty on the street.

The very social freedoms expressed in the Kerova milk bar deprive the rest of society from having the freedom to walk the street without fear of being brutally assaulted. The most vulnerable members of society wind up making the easiest targets for Alex and his gang. It is not only women but vulnerable people generally that have to worry about being the victims of teenage gangs. More interestingly, the old man the gang attacks describes youth itself as an oppressor class. He does not attribute the squalor and brutality of his society to rich businessmen or corrupt governments.

He attributes it to the choices of the actual teens on the street attacking people like him. What this shows is a reluctance within the film to simplistically reduce poverty and violence to economic conditions. Poverty may make it harder to make good choices. This, again, is because of the moral choice theme within the film. With moral choice comes moral responsibility. Regardless of whether Alex and his droogs are poor or live in a society which encourages them to brutalise others, they still have the freedom to choose otherwise.

Plenty of young people in analogous conditions presumably do not choose to beat and rape. Thus, Alex and his droogs need to be held responsible for acts of violence they can refrain from doing. Until he is arrested for murder, the society in A Clockwork Orange encourages Alex to evade this responsibility by focussing only on the possibilities of his creative actions. In the next scene, we see a derelict building with ornate greco-roman adornments surrounding an abandoned stage.

The juxtaposition of this brutal rape with the greco-roman visuals and 19 th century orchestral music is ironic. However, it is not merely ironic. Alex and his gang disrupt the proceedings, emerging from dark silhouettes once again. With a slang infested series of insults directed at Billy Boy, Alex prompts the two gangs into a quick and violent confrontation. What is unusual about the way this confrontation plays out is that both gangs leap into action with what seems like an exhilarating burst of joy.

For members of both gangs, the violence is joyous because it is a way in which the teenagers creatively express themselves. Thus, it is no accident that such expressions happen in environments cluttered with sounds and images of the creative arts. Such creative arts, in A Clockwork Orange, constitute a motivating influence for violent acts. For the youth of A Clockwork Orange, violence, like art, is a form of creative self-expression. Alex relishes beating a twitching Billy Boy on the ground with a large black club while letting out a joyous scream. Alex blows a loud whistle and signals for his fellow gang members to leave the derelict building before the police arrive. The film then cuts to a medium shot of Alex and his gang speeding a futuristic car down a dark country road.

They scream and yell in fits of joy, purposefully driving into oncoming traffic. Alex narrates the proceedings as if he were narrating an exciting visit to an amusement park. The film is cinematically emphasizing the experiential qualities of violence for the perpetrator, rather than the victim. We see a man Mr. Alexander writing away on his type writer as the camera pans rightward so that we see the futuristic decor of the house. Alexander leaves her chair and book to see who the visitors are. Alexander is somewhat suspicious as Alex pleads with her to let him in so that he can use her telephone to ring an ambulance. Alexander opens the door and the now masked Alex, Pete, Georgie, and Dim joyfully proceed to beat, restrain, and gag Mr.

And Mrs. Alex Singing in the Rain during the infamous rape scene. Mr Alexander watching Alex rape Mrs Alexander. Once it becomes apparent that Mr. Alexander are reduced to a state of helpless acceptance, Alex begins to put on a performance. Parodying the famous dance sequence in Singing in the Rain, Alex sings and dances his way through the house, kicking and knocking over desks, tables, and bookshelves. Restrained and gagged by Pete, George, and Dim, Mr. Alexander look on at the proceedings in shock. Here, Alex is not merely performing an in-home robbery. He is using the in-home robbery as a forum for another spontaneous creative act. Alex punctuates the dance with a blow to the face of Mrs.

Alexander and several rhythmic kicks to the belly of her husband. Noticing that Mr. Alexander is now restrained on the floor looking up at his helplessly restrained wife, Alex decides to rape Mrs. Alexander in front of her husband. Alex keeps singing as he cuts off and removes Mrs. The camera cuts to a wide angled close up of Mr. Alexander, ball and gagged, watching in a frozen terror as Alex rips the clothes off his restrained wife. Alexander, undressing himself while singing and looking down at Mr. Alex has a grotesque, phallic-nosed face mask.

Dim slings Mrs. Alexander over his shoulder and fondles her. Alexander is assaulted and kicked on the floor by Alex who ironically punctuates his rhythmic, soft-shoe kick-dance with the lyrics of "Singin' in the Rain. I'm singin' in the rain, Just singin' in the rain What a glorious feeling, I'm happy again.. I'm laughing at clouds, so dark up above.. The sun's in my heart, and I'm ready for love. Let the stormy clouds chase, Everyone from the place Come on with the rain, I've a smile on my face. I'll walk down the lane, With a happy refrain And I'm singin', just singin' in the rain. Both victims were bound and gagged, with a rubber ball painfully inserted into their mouths and wrapped with long strips of Scotch tape around their heads.

Alex overturns the writer's desk, typewriter, and bookshelves. Alexander is forced to helplessly watch the ugly disrobing and choreographed rape of his own wife. A grown-up 'child,' Alex begins by first attacking her breasts - he first snips off two circles of jumpsuit cloth around them to expose them. In the mode of 'Jack the Ripper', he then slits her entire suit off from her pant leg upward. After unzipping and pulling his own pants down prior to her rape, he mocks the husband: "Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well. After a long night of "energy expenditure," the group returns to the Korova Milkbar where they are seen sprawling against its black walls:.

Alex voice-over : We were all feeling a bit shagged and fagged and fashed, it having been an evening of some small energy expenditure, O my brothers. So we got rid of the auto and stopped off at the Korova for a nightcap. At a nearby table where "some sophistos from the TV studios" are "laughing and govoreeting," the woman in the group suddenly has a "burst of singing" with a short section of Schiller's Ode to Joy chorale movement from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. For Alex, it is a moment of pure ecstasy:.

Alex voice-over : And it was like for a moment, O my brothers, some great bird had flown into the milkbar and I felt all the malenky little hairs on my plott standing endwise and the shivers crawling up like slow malenky lizards and then down again. Because I knew what she sang. It was a bit from the glorious Ninth, by Ludwig van. After Dim blows a raspberry at the singer, Alex smashes him across the legs with his cane for lack of respect "for being a bastard with no manners" for his favorite, beloved composer.

The oafish Dim whines and whimpers and shows dissatisfaction and discontent with Alex's leadership: "I don't like you should do what you done. And I'm not your brother no more and wouldn't want to be Yarbles, great bolshy yarblockos to you. I'll meet you with chain or nozh or britva any time. Not having you aiming tolchocks at me reasonless. It stands to reason, I won't have it. He returns home to Municipal Flatblock 18a Linear North, where he lives with his "dadda and mum. The elevator door is broken and Alex must take the stairs. The wall inside his room is decorated with an erotic, spread-eagled female image on one side, and a poster of Beethoven on the other.

He puts his loot from the evening into a drawer already filled with stolen watches and wallets. In a second drawer, he checks his pet python. As "the perfect ending" to the "wonderful evening," Alex switches on a cassette tape of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. While musically appreciating his favorite composer and classical piece, he lies back on his bed. His pet python phallically explores the exposed crotch area of the female figure on the wall. During the drugged reverie of listening to Beethoven in his combination-locked bedroom, Alex moans orgiastically: "Oh bliss, bliss and heaven. Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest spun heaven metal, or like silvery wine flowing in a space ship, gravity all nonsense now.

As I slooshied I knew such lovely pictures. The next morning, his financially hard-pressed, working-class parents Pee Philip Stone and Em Sheila Raynor are confused, apologetic, and apparently frightened by their son's devious behavior. Costumed in garish, mod outfits and drinking their morning coffee, they speak about him in the kitchenette of their ugly, knick-nack filled flat:. Pee father : I wonder, where exactly is it he goes to work of evenings? Em mother : Well, like he says, it's mostly odd things he does, helping like, here and there as it might be. Deltoid Aubrey Morris in the apartment he was given the key by Alex's mother on the way to work.

A sexually-deviant adult, Deltoid is happy to have found the young boy before he has had a chance to get dressed. After having Alex sit on the bed next to him, he affectionately puts his arm around Alex's bare shoulders and speaks to him in the Nadsat lingo of youth:. Next time, it's going to be the barry place and all my work ruined. If you've no respect for your horrible self, you at least might have some for me who's sweated over you. A big black mark, I tell you, for every one we don't reclaim.

A confession of failure for every one of you who ends up in the stripy hole. As the rapacious and monstrous Deltoid shamelessly paws at Alex, and even makes a forceful grab at Alex's crotch, he informs Alex that he suspects the boy's involvement in the "nastiness" of the previous evening and demands reform:. Deltoid: There was a bit of a nastiness last night, yes. Some very extreme nastiness, yes. A few of a certain Billyboy's friends were ambulanced off late, yes? Your name was mentioned, the word has got thru to me by the usual channels. Certain friends of yours were named also.

Oh, nobody can prove anything about anybody as usual, but I'm warning you, little Alex, being a good friend to you as always, the one man in this sore and sick community who wants to save you from yourself. He forcefully grabs at Alex's crotch. Alex doubles over in pain, squirms away and rises. He drinks from a bedside glass of water, not noticing the pair of false-teeth floating within. What gets into you all? We study the problem. We've been studying it for damn well near a century, yes, but we get no further with our studies. You've got a good home here, good loving parents, you've got not too bad of a brain. Is it some devil that crawls inside of you? In a letter dated 11 February , the Ministry of Defence said that Wallace's job description contained "sensitive information relating to the security and intelligence matters" and that the provision of such papers, even under the conditions relating to the Committee's access to classified information, "would be inconsistent with the conventions".

Evidence from Wallace was used by the Barron Report, an Irish government inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. They also believe some very senior RUC officers were involved with this group. In a further letter dated 30 September , Wallace revealed that MI5 was trying to create a split in the UVF in order to foment violence:. I believe much of the violence generated during the latter part of last year was caused by some of the new Int people deliberately stirring up the conflict.

Yet they have killed more people than the IRA! To this day, Wallace remains something of an enigma. Former members of the Special Forces admit that Wallace worked with them as far afield as Berlin and the Oman during the Cold War , but the Intelligence Services still try to distance themselves from what Wallace was doing. Wallace's role in Ireland is clearly still a very sensitive matter. He had been part of the Army team preparing for the Widgery Tribunal into the Bloody Sunday killings of protestors in Derry , and in , he testified at the Saville Inquiry into the events [5]. One of Wallace's close friends in the Army described him as follows: "I played golf with the General. That was an accident. Colin was needed by the General.

Everyone needed him. They just could not do without him. Lieutenant Colonel Tony Yarnold who worked with Wallace in Ireland said: "Let's face it, Colin was the lynchpin of the whole operation. He was terrific - way ahead of us all in his knowledge and his readiness to work. Everyone wanted him all the time, and somehow he was always available. By using the Wikispooks.

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