We can tell that this is this genre because of the very un-nerving and disturbing opening.
The film opens after a very short title sequence to a shot of the main character, Alex DeLarge staring directly into the camera with almost a maniacal face whilst the camera does a very slow zoom out to reveal Alex sitting with 3 other men laughing and joking, dressed alike in a very futuristic “ Korova Milk Bar” with sexually explicit tables. As the camera is doing a slow zoom, a voiceover is playing over the action that introduces themselves as the main character and says “There was me, that is Alex” and also introduces us to his 3 “droogs”, Pete, Georgie and Dim and also shows us that they have somewhat of their own language.
After the camera reaches the end of the bar, scene switches to a drunk tramp lying in an underpass singing, then we see 4 silhouettes approach slowly carrying different weapons. They then go on to taunt and beat the tramp.
Following that the group stumble upon a rival gang raping a woman and then go on to fight with them.
The opening of the film is quite a shock to the system and from Alex’s face, we could tell that he is disturbed therefore sewing the seeds in the audience’s mind that the story is going to be about him and that he isn’t going to be much of a hero.
We see from the second and third scenes that the gang is very violent and that Alex is their leader so we can immediately assume that the rest of the film is going to be something around this.
Camerawork and Editing
The lingering opening shot of Alex’s face very much un-nerves the audience which is very effective as they can almost begin to see inside his mind. The slow zoom out of his face and the voiceover and seeing the rest of the bar patrons go about their business shows the audience that it Alex that we will be focusing on.
In the scene where they are attacking the vagrant, the shot of the four silhouettes approaching is very effective as that is when we begin to see that they are indeed dark figures and the silhouettes almost act as a symbol of this.
The editing is not really anything special and is just series of cuts.
The movie is associated a lot with classical music as the main character listens to it a lot and really likes Beethoven but the music that is played when we originally see Alex is the movie’s theme which is similar to something Beethoven would have written as it is very classical and old-fashioned.
During the fight sequence with the rival gang, there is different music playing (Rossini’s Thieving Magpie” in perfect synchronisation with the fight.
The titles are very short and just have the Directors name and the title of the film in a simple font, in the middle of the screen on a plain, block colour background.
They are at the very beginning of the film, before any action and the moment the action begins, you don’t see any more of the titles until the end of the film.
You can tell from the first 5 minutes of the film that it is for older people as it very dark material and very explicit scenes.
I think that the target audience is for older people, slightly older than ours as theirs is far more explicit.
Ideas I Could Transfer
I think that the idea that they used in just un-nerving the audience very simply rather than making them panic or disgusted through the use of too much blood is really effective as it makes the audience want to keep watching because they are now curious and I think that that is what we want for our opening too.