Brilliant political satire. Current government wants to stay in power, so Alex is the political pawn they use when Alex asks for the Ludovico Treatment. The irony is the "rebels" (just as Alex is viewed as rebellious before imprisonment) also use Alex for their own political gain. They want current government overthrown, so they "torture" Alex to point of his wanting to "snuff it" and then accuse the government of inhumane treatment, hoping to rally more people to overthrow the current people in power. This is why government "cures" Alex and releases him back into society, so they can remain in power.
the theme would be that there is no such thing as good, people do things for there own image and there own wants and needs. we saw with Alex. he beat up the old man simply because he didn't like the way the old man was presenting himself and his actions, and he objected to all his companions ideas because they weren't his own. Second would be the old man and getting revenge for his wife, at that very moment he lowered himself to alexs' level just so he could see alex be driven to madness. he did it out of the sheer need to seek vengeance. and finally the governor treating alex only with goodness and if he didn't it would tarnish his reputation. you see and even u know this deep down in your own heart that a lot of people only try and benefit there self interest, and that evil is something we all have inside of use, we all try and lean things to our own benefits, and if we are done wrong we want our payback. much like a clock its a never ending cycle, evil revolves and lives in every person just like the clock strikes on every second. even the ending shot shows people clapping to an act that shouldn't be seen as something good, and i believe that's the true nature of this movie, though i cant speak up for the senseless nudity and over use of sexual content i think that the movie has a very strong lesson.
When I watched the movie I was pretty confused, but thinking back on it, I don't think Alex was faking, and I know the treatment didn't work.
I think Alex honestly wanted to be cured. He wanted out of prison and if being "cured" meant he would just change his old ways than so be it.
He wasn't consciously faking, he was just consciously trying to be good, and faking a "cure". That is why the 9th made him sick. He loved that song so much, and he used to listen to is when he would be high and out rampaging. I think when he heard it after the treatment, it wasn't programmed to make him sick, I think it just made the reformed Alex sick b/c it reminded him of all the bad he had done. That's why he jumped from the window to kill himself.
The movie is screwing with you to have sympathy for a cold blooded killer, who changes because he is no longer under the influence of the drugs and no longer wants to be in jail. At the very end when he is acting as if he has been changed back, that's all he is doing....acting. He just came to realize that they no longer need the "reformed" Alex. They need the monster Alex...so he plays his part.
Evil is evil. You can force evil to behave as good, but it's nature remains the same and cannot be changed. Only forced to act another way..........It is still evil.
I think the point of the film is whether an outsider can be accepted in a civilized world and when they "cure" Alex he becomes a clockwork orange, because its not that he is cured of all thoughts of violence just the capability to carry it out, meaning on the inside he is as complicated as any human but simple on the outside, representing themes of free will
the human itself, it's like a clock. always need to work according to rule. orange is derived from malay language from the word 'orange' which means literally human or people. the writer of the book is a British expatriat in a malay archipelago at that time. movie is conducted in Russian and english language bcoz it is predicted that the future of human race is a balance of power between America and Russia. the government try not evil by using tricks. associating the false action with pain stimulation. but it fails. at the end of movie, the anti hero still dreaming about naked girls. as Schopenhauer said, the human will is innate and unchangeable. society or government can only controls the action but can't control the will of human. the manifestation of extreme grotesque of human nature is the real thing that human has to learn. ironically also the Beethoven symphony, a great masterpiece can be utilized as a means to cause psychological pain, in the hand of immorals aka the government.
The point of this movie is the same as in the book (at least the American version). The point is that people are not inherently all good or all evil, they are a balance of both. This complication within a person makes them into a "Clockwork Orange" because they seem bright and playful on the outside, but are as complicated as a clock inside (it's a British expression. Choice is also a major theme. The only difference between the Priest and Alex, is that Alex chooses to be bad. When he loses the ability to choose good or evil, he is no longer human, he is simply a body that submits to the will of those that tell him.
Its ironic, in this movie Alex is a criminal, yet the government "cures" him by making him a victim. Everyone he did wrong to returns the favor when Alex gets out of prison, I believe this movie teaches us to be careful what we do, because what goes around comes around.