Kubrick, Clockwork Orange and the IlluminatiJohn Brownlee, WIRED Magazine
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Contains some nudity and disturbing scences.
A couple days ago, I posted YouTube film critic Rob Ager's in-depth analysis of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining... which oscillated wildly between extremely insightful commentary on the symbolism and psychology that made The Shining so effective and Ager's own wishful-thinking political wankery (for example, his assertion that Shelley Duvall is dressed as a Native American woman throughout the film, which illustrates the subjugation of Indian wives by early American colonial husbands). It was an odd, fascinating mix.
This is Rob Ager's similar treatment of Clockwork Orange: the first part focuses mostly upon Clockwork Orange's themes of society in violent, sexual decay and the integral quality of violence to define humanity. The second part, though, focuses on the Illuminati and the New World Order. Ager couches his language with plausibly-deniable "mays", but if becomes clear during this part that Ager believes in the Illuminati and actually thinks Kubrick was hired to film the hoaxed moon landings and assassinated for exposing the Illuminati in Eyes Wide Shut.
Yeah, it's nutty, but despite Ager's weirdo conspiracy theories, he does make a convincing case that Kubrick may at least have shared his theories. He points out several moments (one, in the prison yard, extremely interesting) from Clockwork Orange where the Stonemason pyramid is clearly visible.