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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 30, 1994 - 9

Kubrick's real horrorshow
"Clockwork Orange" retains its power years later

By SCOTT PLAGENHOEF
Few motion pictures have polar-
ized critics and audiences with such
extremity as Stanley Kubrick's 1971
film, "A Clockwork Orange." Yet no
matter if one feels if the picture is
mnoral, sadistic and pointless or a
brilliantly unnerving and provocative

A CLOCKWORK
ORANGE
Written and Directed
by Stanley Kubrick
with Malcolm
McDowell

only intervenes when it suits their own
political ends.
The film focuses upon Alex
(Malcolm McDowell), a teenage, he-
donistic monster who, as the film's tag-
line states, has rape, ultra-violence and
Beethoven as his principal interests.
Alex is eventually betrayed by his co-
horts and used by the government as a
guinea pig in an experimental rehabili-
tation procedure. The treatment ren-
ders himnimmune to thoughts of lust or
anger, replacing them instead with an
overwhelming feeling of'sickness. The
drawback is of course that his ability to
freely think and act has been stripped in
favor of a desperate and lazy grasp at
civil order. The treatment likewise
makes Alex incapable of defending
himself or facing distress, therefore
leaving him at the mercy of both his
enemies and an inherently violent and
unfeeling society.
As with each Kubrick picture, each
shot in "Orange" is meticulously con-
ceived and crafted. No moment is un-
important. No word, phrase or image
can be separated from the whole. De-
spite those who cry,"pretentious" or

"overindulgent" at both Kubrick's
methods and his finished products, the
director is the perfect antithesis to the
often big-budget, big-payoff, no-brain
Hollywood system. They may cry that
their work is art but it is Kubrick who is
the artist.
"Orange" also continues a
Kubrickian theme of man outreaching
himself. As with the two Kubrick films
which directly precede it, "Dr.
Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop
Worrying and Love the Bomb" and
"2001: A Space Odyssey," "Orange"
is a pessimistic glimpse into a possible
future of mankind. Each of these films
is a hypothesis, a prophecy and a warn-
ing, and each deserve to be seen.
"A Clockwork Orange," was origi-
nally given an X rating upon release.
Although it has now been changed to
an R (due to a liberalization of the
movie rating industry rather than par-
ticular cuts in the film itself), it is an
admittedly unnerving film. However,
despite committing an unremorseful
succession of assault, rape, burglary
and even murder, Alex is an attractive
See KUBRICK, Page 10

She's intelligent, she's sassy, she's OUT IS IN WITH THIS CLINTON
a woman of the '90s; she's Kate- ---
Clinton, and she's bringing her
comic touch to Ann Arbor for one
night only. She began stand-up in
1981, and since then has done four
albums, an off-Broadway run and
countless touring shows.
"Thank you for coming out," she
often begins her shows, and there is
a double meaning there. Clinton
outed herself 13 years ago when
she first began doing stand-up, and
has since blossomed into the
"lesbian chic" movement.
Her even delivery, passion and
candor have been praised by gay
and straight audiences alike.
Her sexuality is a big issue in her
show -expect a lot of gay andM
lesbian humor -- but it is not the
only issue. Expect a lot of scathing
political satire (guess on which side s
of the political spectrum Clinton
falls?), for which she is also noted
Advocate magazine called her "A
Clinton without Compromise."
Clinton will be performing at the
Power Center tonight at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $17.50, or $13.50 for U
students with0t., and are available
at the Unionor at the door. Catch
her before she gets her own sitcom.

masterpiece, "A Clockwork Orange"
denands and receives attention.
.Based upon the equally controver-
sial Anthony Burgess novel, "A Clock-
work Orange" is a portrait of a near-
future British society in which disillu-
ioned urban youth spend hopeless
*hts in rampages of ultra-violence
whl~e the traditional power structure

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Quartet is to classical music what Stones are to rock

i

By MATT CARLSON
As the old adage goes, good things
come to those who wait. But, in the
ase of the Guarneri String Quartet,
good things have come to those who
e waited the longest. The Guarneri,
haps the most renowned string quar-
et in the world, have been performing
together since its formation in 1964.
Oh, and another thing - the Quar-
Let still has all of its original members.
is is not exactly a small feat consid-
ring that the strict tension between
ach players' independent virtuosity
nid their combined musical vision is
at forges an orgasmic melody, not
a modicum of ability, of the group
d also what separates a good quartet
rom a capable one.
Yet the Guarneri Quartet -violin-
sts Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley,
volist Michael Tree and cellist David
oyer--has been showcasing the right
ount of balance and creating musi-
1 unity through individual expres-
ion for the last 30 years. The Guarneri
uite simply the Rolling Stones of
assical music.
And with all of the reworkings of
lassic rock 'n' roll by classical per-
ormers, it might be interesting to see
e Guarneri play their own version of
'Jumpin' Jack Flash." That may be a
it- too much to ask, but you can try
'hen the Guarneri performs at
ackham Auditorium on Sunday af-
oon.
The concert kicks off the Univer-
ity Musical Society's 32nd Annual
hamber Arts Series with a certain
munt of familiarity. This perfor-
lance will be the 27th Rackham ap-
arance by the Quartet.
However,just because the Guarneri
ave been together for just over a quar-
ercentury, doesn't mean that you can
xpect to see four musicians who be-
e they have already delivered all
y can to the world of classical mu-
ic.
"If anything is the hallmark of our
rformances," quoted Dalley in David
tum's book 'The Art of Quartet Play
See GUARNERI, Page 10

They've been around as long as the Stones, yet the Guarneri Quartet looks so much younger than Keith and Mick.

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