2009-06-21

A Clockwork Orange Guildleader

Don't worry if you don't understand a word they're saying. They're British, and speaking what Anthony Burgess (who wrote the novel, A Clockwork Orange) imagined would be the language of that country's youth-of-the-dystopian-future. The book is even harder to get (and yes, I did read it).

The movie is old (almost as old as Malcolm MacDowell, who was 24 or so playing 17-- in the best movie tradition-- when this was made) but scenes like this still get it recommended. It really should be part of everyone's pop culture education, along with the books Animal Farm and 1984 (for reasons which will become apparent once you've seen the one and read the other two). But let me digress from the original film's merits (and ultimately from its plot) to apply this scene as a metaphor for a certain specialised category of human relations.

This scene reminds me of how some internal Clan discussions go in Darkfall, and the remedy applied by the clan leader for his dissatisfied comrades is what I was trying to get at in the post linked to the title, above. Violence [is] inherent in the system

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Alex wants to continue the group's successful formula of random PKing and opportunism, and his droogs want to do big raids and grind for cash. He thinks about it for a minute or two, then kicks their asses (to the tune of Rossini's 'Thieving Magpie', a fun classical piece that you can whistle around the house). It could have gone either way; they could have kicked his, if they'd been more organised and taken some initiative.

I believe organisation to be a good thing, but not when it is imposed from without and replaces initiative.

I also want to note that Malcolm MacDowell had world-class blue eyes, and still does.

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