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A Clockwork Orange (1971) *
Anthony Burgess’ dystopian novella, A Clockwork Orange, from the 60’s, and it’s subsequent cinematic adaptation, A Clockwork Orange (1971), by director Stanley Kubrick, in the 70’s, were both very controversial works.
Malcolm McDowell played the lead role of the eccentric, ultra-violent and artistic Alex DeLarge.

Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971)
Q° 1. If the film were to be re-made today :-

(i) with an adult Alex DeLarge character, based on the original 71’ movie, which of these British actors should reprise McDowell’s superb act?

a) Ewan McGregor

Ewan Mcgregor (Clockwork)

b) Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Clockwork)

-or-

c) Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe (Clockwork)

(ii) with a 15 year old Alex – the Large character (in the novella the lead doesn’t have a last name, but once refers to himself as ‘Alexander The Large’, in an obvious reference to his phallic-centric ego), based on the 60’s novella, which of these 21 year old actors (as taking an actual teenager to play such a violent character might not be acceptable, unless the said teen is mature enough to play the role with the necessary detachment, so as not to affect his own psychological state) would be convincing enough as this underaged delinquent?

a) 21year old Brit, Freddie Highmore

Freddie Highmore (Clockwork)

b) 21 year old Brit, Eugene Simon

Eugene Simon (Clockwork)

-or-

c) 21 year old all-American, Logan Lerman

Logan Lerman (Clockwork)

Q° 2. In Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation, the last chapter of the novella is missing. It is said, that he most probably read the American publication of the book, instead of the original British one, as in the United States the book was published minus the last chapter back then. Would you have preferred if he had included Burgess’ ending, or do you like the movie the way it is, with it’s creepy, twist in the tale, ending?

Q° 3. When Anthony Burgess wrote the book, he set it in the near future, i.e. roughly the 70’s. Now that we’ve come four more decades into the future, would you like to see a re-make set in the actual 70’s decade; with actual styles of the 70’s, of floppy hair, side-burns, bell bottoms, wide ties, the mustards, the greens, the browns, the geometric designs et al. And would you like to see the characters speaking in colloquial English instead of Burgess’ inventive Nadsat language?

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Cézanne Birth Anniversary

Today, the 19th of January 2013, is Paul Cézanne’s 174th Birth Anniversary.

Cézanne Self Portrait  Sept 2008

Pix: Cézanne et moi (Cézanne & I)  at Musée d’Orsay, Paris .

Cézanne Still Life Sept 2008

Pix: With Cézanne’s still life paintings –  at Musée d’Orsay, Paris .                                                     (of course I do not look like that anymore, I’ve put on a bit)

Born on 19th January 1839, Paul Cézanne happens to be my favourite impressionist/post-impressionist artist, and among my favourite artists of various modern art movements of the 19th & 20th century. Surrealist artist Salvador Dalì, being my favourite artist ever.

Although being a fan of painting of the human figure, as most my own artworks tend to concentrate on the human figure, and I do love Cézanne’s nudes as well, especially his use of the shades of blue in them; my favourite Cézanne works happen to be his still life paintings. The uniqueness of his use of bright colours on the fruits. The bright reds and yellows blending into the darker greens, his brushstrokes of very quick strokes and lazily done slower smoother strokes, both sometimes within the same painting etc etc, he is the greatest when it comes to the still life impressionist works.

If you look at the paintings that I’m standing in front of, the one on the right hand corner, you can see how he has removed the monotony of a horizontal axis, by the insertion of the vertical bottle and glass. Plus he’s managed to put the whole picture into background by the insertion of a knife. Just by the removal of the knife, you’ll get the illusion of the fruits being in the foreground, although they are kept in the same place. And if you look at the picture, that is partially covered by me, you can see movement. Actually majority of his still life’s are not still, there’s always movement. As if the fruits are falling or something happening in the picture. His works on Skulls are also pretty interesting. Reminds me of the Catacombs in Paris (which I visited back in July 2009). Boy, I miss Paris, the most beautiful city I’ve lived in, though just for less than a year (2008-2009).

To Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). He lives on through his masterpieces.  

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Today also happens to be the birthday of young Logan Lerman.

Happy 21st to the very likable Mr. Lerman, my youngest favourite actor.

After seeing him in one of my favourite satires from recent times, Meet Bill (2007), and one of the best westerns of the new century 3:10 to Yuma (2007), he is the best among the actors of his age group. Although I liked Abigail Breslin and Cameron Bright, who did some great work in Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Birth (2004) respectively, who happen to be younger than Lerman,  I’ven’t seen them appear in that good a movie more recently. While Lerman has proved he’ll be a future superstar (if not already) with the kind of varied roles he’s had since his childhood. Primarily he’s a really good actor, and not just a pretty face, and has a very likable persona.  Am keen on watching his most recent venture, Perks of being a Wallflower (2012).

Wishing you all the best on your Key B’day.

Cheers Nuwan Sen

Check out what I’ve written about Logan Lerman previously on IMDB, on my list titled ‘Top 5 Nouveau Comedies (2001 – 2010)‘ May 2011 & ‘No Name‘ Oct 2011.

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