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A Clockwork Orange

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2009 by watchinginstantly

 I first saw this movie when it came out in a theater in Leicester Square in London. Thirty seven year later it still shocks and fascinates. In an attempt to break out of my recent gorging of foreign films I  found this movie by scanning the  NYT List of 1,000 Best Movies of All Times Avalable on Netflix Instant.

There are many things to love about this film. One of its great strengths must be its ability to fascinate despite frequent feelings of disgust — at the violences, the degradations. Another strength is the narrative’s Karmatic parable — one reaps what one sows.

Most of all I admire the language. This, of course, is the work of the novel’s author, Antony Burgess. The language sounds like a blend of rhyming cockney, street Russian and Hobbit-speak. Burgess’s language for Alex DeLarge and his three ‘droogs’ is called ‘Nadsat’ .  My old paperback copy of the novel has a dictionary in the back. There are aso online dictionaries with word derivation theories. For example:

Horrorshow means Good, well  from Russian: khorosho/good
Groody means Breast from Russian: grud/breast


The Tiger And The Snow

Posted in Movies, Netflix Instant Movies and TV, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 21, 2009 by watchinginstantly

 The Tiger And The Snow (Italian with English subtitles) is a tour de force for Roberto Benigni .  This is a tender rocket-ship of a movie built around the constantly agitated humanity of its star — who is almost always on screen. His pursuit of his amour forms the central crisis of the movie and takes him from Rome to Bagdhad in the midst of the Iraqi War.

One of my favorite scenes is when Roberto in his role as a poet lectures his university class on the importance of choosing words carefully. He gives a similar talk to his daughters when they ask why he became a poet. He tells them about a wonderous experience he had as a small boy but was unable to express to his mother. This made him think:

“There must be people whose job it is to use the right words, put things in a way who when their hearts beat, can get other people’s hearts to beat. That day I decided to become a poet… If the words aren’t right, nothing is right.”

This is the only one of his films available today on Netflix instant. Many others are available from Netflix as DVDs or will soon be.