Ten Misleading Movie Titles
There are some sad people who look at a movie and judge it immediately by the title. It’s a dangerous and ignorant thing to do, but it does happen. Here are ten movie titles which, for some naive and inexperienced moviegoers can be very confusing and ambiguous, indeed.
A Clockwork Orange
There are no clocks, nor are their oranges which play any noticeable part in this film. What gives? Author Anthony Burgess says it is based on an old proverb “as queer as a clockwork orange.” However, the validity of Burgess’s statement is yet to be verified.
This is not a film about Las Vegas, but there are sins involved. I suppose, however, it is a better title than the actual name of the city in this film: Basin City.
David Cronenberg at his weirdest, this is not the film it may sound like, and it is a generally repulsive and disgustingly ugly film. When asked what its title meant, Cronenberg replied by defining it as “a frozen moment where everybody sees what is on the end of every fork.” Now I’m hungry.
No, this is not a film about drugs, drug trafficking or drug use, despite the presence of Benecio Del Toro.
If you’re looking for a laugh… keep looking. Michael Haneke’s name itself should drive all comedy-lovers in the opposite direction immediately.
A hilariously awful irony. The only person who is happy at the end of this film is a pre-teen boy who has learned to masturbate.
It sounds like some sort of obscure ambiguous comedy, but in reality it is a violent, explicit look at rough societies, social interaction and human repulsion. It may be only two hours, but with the horrific extended final hour, it feels much longer (in a good way).
Of all the misleading titles, this is the one that it would be the most disastrous to predetermine. Crappy cinematography and a generally distasteful attitude toward the human freakshow and its extremes, it is nevertheless a “classic” of underground cinema.
It Happened One Night
With today’s unflinchingly graphic portrayals of sexuality, it’s easy to see how some people might misinterpret this film’s title.
Un Chien Andalou
And finally, possibly the most misleading of them all, a 16-minute surreal masterpiece which is little more than a series of jumbled, Lynchian images collided together as one whole given the seemingly senseless title which translates in English to ‘An Andalusian Dog.’
That’s my ten, now tell me in the comments some more misleading titles, if you can think of any.
Thanks for reading.
Posted on May 6, 2011, in Filmmakers, Lists, Movies and tagged 21 Grams, A Clockwork Orange, Funny Games, Happiness, It Happened One Night, Misleading Movie Titles, movies, Naked Lunch, Norbit, Pink Flamingos, Sin City, Straw Dogs, Un Chien Andalou. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.