The Overwhelming Similarities Between ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘Fight Club’

Have you noticed the connections?
By  · Published on June 19th, 2017

Have you noticed the connections?

Sometimes I feel like I see too many movies. You know what I mean? Like I’m over-saturated by them to a point sometimes I miss what feel like obvious connections between films. Don’t get me wrong, though, I’m not complaining. In fact, I kind of like being surprised by something that was always right in front of me.

And that’s exactly how I felt watching this latest video from Candice Drouet, which is a brief visual and thus thematic comparison of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and David Fincher’s Fight Club. Maybe their connection is old hat to you, but I had never considered it as literally as indeed it is. Besides specific shots and framing that match up, there are also nearly-identical color schemes, story structures, character developments, treatments and depictions of violence, and psychological manipulations, all of which are revealed visually in Drouet’s video.

I’m never going to be able to watch either of these flicks the same way again, and that’s not only the ultimate purpose of a video essay, it’s also something I love, especially when it comes as a bolt out of the blue sky like this. Whether you’ve noticed the connection between thesetwo awesome films or not, this video is easily the coolest minute and 20 seconds of your week. Give it a watch and share it around.

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