Anyway The Doctor suggested that Stanley Kubrick's 1971 bonkersfest A Clockwork Orange should be submitted to the rigorous testing of the 30-Minute Freeze-Frame Challenge (I've got to come up with a snappier name), and who am I to argue?
Before we examine the evidence, if you've got absolutely no idea what I'm wittering on about, go and read Challenge #1: The Shining before carrying on with this drivel. I'm not laying any pipe here, people.
So, still lacking a fanfare but occasionally speaking French nevertheless, let's crack on.
0:30:00 Here's Alex quelling dissent in the ranks of his droogs. As usual for Kubrick, even a shot of three spotty oiks in long johns and ludicrous codpieces looks perfect.
1:00:00 Here's the Minister of the Interior inspecting a prison cell at random. Turns out it's Alex's cell, which is convenient as he's about to unwittingly volunteer himself for the Minister's new rehabilitation wheeze. Quelle coincidence! Oh yeah, lovely shot. Perspective and that.
1:30:00 Here's Alex being booted out of his own house by his dear old Pee and Em. Kubrick does like to throw his backgrounds out of focus when his characters are feeling isolated, which is pretty much all the time. cf The Shining at 1:00:00.
2:00:00 Here's Alex chatting to his psychiatrist in hospital. I'm tempted to think that Kubrick cast his films entirely based on interesting faces - Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Malcolm McDowell, Keir Dullea etc - although Tom Cruise buggers that rule up a bit.
Stanley Kubrick is making a mockery of the 30MFFC, as they're all now calling it. With his insistence on perfect composition, lighting and choice of lens, focal length and actors who look a bit weird, it appears you can indeed pause his films at any random point and get what looks like a production still. It's also because he uses very long, static takes without crazy whip pans or abstract cutaways that he succeeds at the Challenge.
Despite this whole idea looking and smelling like a complete waste of time, I can assure you that it's not that easy to pass the 30MFFC. I've tried it with loads of films and almost all of them fail. I can only conclude, therefore, that Stanley Kubrick is cheating and should immediately be banned from competing again.
So let's have some more suggestions. This blog is an interactive experience, you know (i.e. I can't be arsed coming up with all the ideas).
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