9780253213907

Kubrick : Inside a Film Artist's Maze

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  • ISBN13:

    9780253213907

  • ISBN10:

    0253213908

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-06-01
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Summary

Stanley Kubrick ranks among the most important American film makers of his generation, but his work is often misunderstood because it is widely diverse in subject matter and seems to lack thematic and tonal consistency. Thomas Nelson's perceptive and comprehensive study of Kubrick rescues him from the hostility of auteurist critics and discovers the roots of a Kubrickian aesthetic, which Nelson defines as the "aesthetics of contingency."After analyzing how this aesthetic develops and manifests itself in the early works, Nelson devotes individual chapters to Lolita, Dr. Stangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, and The Shining.For this expanded edition, Nelson has added chapters on Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut, and, in the wake of the director's death, reconsidered his body of work as a whole. By placing Kubrick in a historical and theoretical context, this study is a reliable guide into -- and out of -- Stanley Kubrick's cinematic maze.

Author Biography

Thomas Allen Nelson is Professor of English at San Diego State University and author of Shakespeare's Comic Theory.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Kubrick and the Aesthetics of Contingency
The Shaping of a Film Imagination
1(19)
The End of the Beginning
From Fear and Desire to Paths of Glory
20(36)
Kubrick in Nabokovland
Lolita
56(26)
The Descent of Man
Dr. Strangelove
82(21)
The Ultimate Cinematic Universe
2001: A Space Odyssey
103(33)
The Performing Artist
A Clockwork Orange
136(30)
A Time Odyssey
Barry Lyndon
166(29)
Remembrance of Things Forgotten
The Shining
195(33)
The Kubrickian Thing
Full Metal Jacket
228(32)
House Calls
Eyes Wide Shut
260(38)
Postscript 298(1)
Filmography 299(8)
Selected Bibliography 307(6)
Notes & Trivia 313(16)
Index 329

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