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I want to explore the concept of left cycle films using the article entitled The Left and Right Cycles by Robert Ray To help me explore what makes up a left cycle film I will compare two movies both left cycle according to Ray Those movies are Dog Day Afternoon and Clockwork Orange What makes both of these movies left cycle and how to they differ within that classification First I think it is important to differentiate between the left and right movies What Ray says to this is the three factors that superficially divided them the response to the frontiers closing the characteristics of the hero and willingness to acknowledge self-consciousness As for the first mentioned of the three factors dividing the left and right films the left view as Ray puts it insisted that all frontiers geographical and metaphorical had disappeared and with them the basis for certain lifestyles institutions and values premised on the existence of unlimited space In Dog Day Afternoon and Clockwork Orange both films seem to be set in rather urban areas which in itself gives off that atmospheric feeling of crowded space and limited time But more importantly both films show the economic depression within the cities they are set in This I think goes against the optimism of the open expanse of the frontier and the promising future it represents The disappearance of all frontiers that left films showcase gives a feeling of hopelessness within the lives of the characters in these films and seems to be the catalyst and reason for their behavior In Dog Day Afternoon Sonny a Vietnam vet is living in New York City while a major economic depression is occurring He decides to rob a bank and as we learn especially through the scene where he is speaking to the media he made this rash decision because of living in these circumstances that did not allow him to provide for the people
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