Discovering Kubrick’s Symbolism

The Secrets of the Films

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About the Book

Bringing to light the long-shrouded symbolism and startling spiritual depth that renowned director Stanley Kubrick packed into every detail of his iconic films, this book excavates the subtle ways Kubrick calls attention to universal truths and shocking realities still pervading our society. It cites the master director’s use of encoded graphic symbols, signifying light effects, doppelgangers, esoteric color-coding, and framing techniques that communicate Kubrick’s underlying topics.
Beginning with an exploration of the inspirational themes of his classic science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey, including the multilayered meaning of the Monolith, this book traces the themes and symbols encrypted in the films that followed during the director’s impressive career. It reveals the oblique methods Kubrick used to underscore a wide range of humanitarian alarms covered in films as diverse as A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut, and the fascinating links these films have to one another. Surprising revelations discovered in Dr. Strangelove, Spartacus, Lolita, and Paths of Glory are also unveiled for the first time.

About the Author(s)

Nicole M. Berg has worked in the animation, gaming, and media industries for companies such as Walt Disney Feature Animation, DUCK Studios, DIC, Film Roman, Sierra, Symantec, and has taught college-level art and animation skills. When earning her MFA degree, she trained in film pipeline processes at PIXAR and ImageMovers Digital. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bibliographic Details

Nicole M. Berg
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8049-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3992-5
Imprint: McFarland