The representation of youth in 'a clockwork orange' and 'If....'

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The representation of youths in ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘If….’
I will be investigating how youth is represented in the films A clockwork orange (1972) and If…. (1968) and how the films affected the views of the time and how the films influenced youths.
I have chosen to investigate these films because of how both films were released at the time of the relaxation of violence in cinema.
I also chose these films because the similar themes in both films, as both films focus on youths in society and there place in society, And also how Malcolm McDowell’s character Michael Arnold "Mick" Travis in ‘If….’ served as an inspiration for his character in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A clockwork orange’ Alex Delarge and the similarities between the two
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Music is another important factor to take in about bout films; In the film ‘If…’ one song is used continually throughout the film it is a song called ‘sanctus’ which is a version of the Latin Mass sang in African style. I believe the use of the song connotes how prominent religion is in the film but because the song is sang in French it is not obvious to the audience, But as well the uses of this version show something about the characters, the song is very powerful and very different and a normal song you would hear in church in England because of the African style this connotes to the characters rebellion as the tempo of the song changes greatly near the end which is intertextuality of the narrative of the film itself.
Music is more strongly shown in A Clockwork Orange, The music is a thematic extension of Alex's psychological conditioning. The music in A Clockwork Orange is a mix of classical and electronic synthetic music, the use of classical music is juxtaposition to the way youth music was representation in the late 60s and 70s which was very Rock and Psychedelic influenced. All thought Alex is the stereotype of the violence youths of the time the film was released, the music used juxtaposes to the music linked to teenagers of the

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