Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
I've put together some trivia questions regarding one of my favorite films (and books), A Clockwork Orange. 1971, directed by Stanley Kubrick, book by Anthony Burgess. Will post answers in a few days. These go roughly from easy to harder, I hope.
1. What is the name of the bar where Alex and his droogies hang out and get hyped up for some ultraviolence?
2. What is the name of the other bar where they nurse their wounds following Alex's attack on them while walking by the water?
3. What model car do they steal and play "hogs of the road"?
4. What is the license plate number (sorry, forgot what you Brits call it)?
5. What three "bands" does the brunette "popsicle girl" ask Alex if he is looking for at the record store?
6. What shameless self-promotion does Kubrick include in the record store scene?
7. What is the combination to the lock on Alex's bedroom door?
8. How many times does Alex use the word "welly" in addressing his droogs following the threesome bedroom scene?
9. What artists painting is used in the film when Alex kills the "cat lady" (the moment he hits her with the phallus)?
10. Alex refers to Billy Boy as: ...thou _____ bottle of _____, _____ _____ _____.
Extra Credit: What is Alex's prison number in the film? What is it in the book?
Have fun. Obviously, these are easy enough to figure out if you watch the film/read the book. How many can you get from memory?
Vulindlela From Germany, joined Apr 2002, 470 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2486 times:
Anthony Burgess used Russian as a basis for a made up English slang. Burgess loved using foreign-language jokes in his books. He spoke many languages himself, including Russian, German, and Malay.
In his book "The Doctor is Sick", the main character is a professor of linguistics, and it is a theme that is found in every one of his books I have read.
"If you take everything I've accomplished in my entire life and condense it down into 1 day, it looks decent!"
Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5315 posts, RR: 53 Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2466 times:
Also, LY744, A Clockwork Orange takes place in a dystopian setting where (presumable) Soviet-style Communism won out and, thus, the Russian language would creep into the English language and form a hybrid known as "Nadsat."
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2461 times:
I've actually spent some time trying to define some of these slang words, like rookers (hands), kroovy (bloody), yahzick (tongue), razoodocks (minds)...the list goes on and on. I'd like to put together a dictionary from use of the words in the context of the story, or find on already done. Most of them seem very British to me, although some, like ptitsa, devochka, and spatchka seem Russian in derivation. Does anyone know of a Nadsat dictionary and where to get it?
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12972 posts, RR: 79 Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2459 times:
Burgess wrote the book in the early 60's, it was partly 'inspired' by a vicious attack and rape on his first wife in WW2, carried out by a gang of G.I.s (at least one of whom was subsequently hanged).
To avoid censorship, that still persisted in those days (this was just before the 'Lady Chatterlee's Lover' court case) Burgess devised 'Nadsat'.
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2452 times:
LY744: Hey, thanks for that link. A quick look through indicates a fairly good list, but some are misspelled, and others missing (e.g., kashtook (bandage)). Other definitions are subject to interpretation. A great starting point, though. Thanks again,