The Aero Theater Santa Monica, CA 8/6/05

Summary

Summary

    Malcolm McDowell was there for a Q&A after the screening of A Clockwork Orange. That was a very pleasant surprise as there was no mention of it on the Aero website. Also, Bernard Williams, the film's associate producer, showed up to briefly discuss the film prior to the screening. He talked about having pretty much given up his life to work with Kubrick on the production. He is still very much the anti-establishment type and made the suggestion to Kubrick that the droogs should wear hats like bowlers, as he felt that would "piss off the establishment."
    F. X. Feeney, the film critic, writer and film historian, hosted the event, talking to Williams at the beginning, and to Malcolm afterwards. Most of what MM shared with the sold out audience has
been said before and can be found on this site, but it was great to hear it first-hand from MM himself.
MM got a standing ovation, both at the beginning and at the end. He appeared to be reconciling with his previous published comments regarding Kubrick. Even his story about having his cornea scratched during the Luduvico sequence lacked the harshness he'd previously gone on record about, adding a bit of humor in his telling here. He also said more than once he still loves Kubrick and considers ACO one of his best works. The interview was videotaped, though for what purpose or venue to be shown I have no idea. MM stayed afterwards to sign a few autographs from fans.
    The print looked as though it was from a dupe negative, looking a bit grainier than prints I remember seeing long ago. It also could have been a print shown in the UK, as it had the British Film Board rating on it prior to the WB logo being seen. Also, and this is odd, on this print when Deltoid takes his drink from the glass with the dentures in it and realizes what he's doing, we don't hear his grunt echoing, nor do we hear the sound of the glass going back on the table with an echo either. It just sounds normal. This is the first time I've seen it this way.
    There was also one other exclusion, but it looked like it came from a break in the print. It is the part in the hospital where the Minister is offering Alex a job in the government. We do see and hear the Minister say, "We shall see to everything -- a good job on a good salary." But instead of cutting to Alex saying, "What job and how much?" we have what looks like a splice in the print that shows Alex, then cutting to the Minister saying, "You must have an interesting job..." and so on. I'm not sure what happened there or why it happened.  By Boaz

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