Stanley Kubrick

Essays on His Films and Legacy


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About the Book

Seventeen essays examine the career and films of director Stanley Kubrick from a variety of perspectives. Part I focuses on his early career, including his first newsreels, his photography for Look magazine, and his earliest films (Fear and Desire, Killer’s Kiss). Part II examines his major or most popular films (Paths of Glory, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey). Part III provides a thorough case study of Eyes Wide Shut, with four very different essays focusing on the film’s use of sound, its representation of gender, its carnivalesque qualities, and its phenomenological nature. Finally, Part IV discusses Kubrick’s ongoing legacy and his impact on contemporary filmmakers.
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About the Author(s)

Gary D. Rhodes, a documentary filmmaker, is a professor at the Queen’s University, Belfast.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Gary D. Rhodes
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 264
Bibliographic Info: 30 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3297-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1050-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction by Gary D. Rhodes      1

Part I. Early Works

1. Stanley Kubrick and Look Magazine

Philippe Mather      7

2. Kubrick’s Early Non-Fiction Work

Marina Burke      22

3. The Art of War (Films): Fear and Desire and Paths of Glory

Charles Bane      29

4. The Dream Landscape of Killer’s Kiss

Tony Williams      39

5. One Watches Cells: Kubrick’s Films Noirs in Context

Hugh S. Manon      47

Part I Notes      65

Part II. Major Works

6. Patterns of Space, Sound, and Movement in Paths of Glory

Eric Eaton      71

7. Spartacus: The Spectre of Politics and the Politics of Spectacle

Reynold Humphries      82

8. Believing Is Seeing: Surveillance and 2001: A Space Odyssey

Gary D. Rhodes      94

9. Value, Violence, and Music Recognized: A Clockwork Orange as Musicology

Kate McQuiston      105

10. The Sadness of the Gaze: Barry Lyndon

Homay King      123

11. Reconsidering Fidelity and Considering Genre in (and with) The Shining

Jarrell D. Wright      136

Part II Notes      149

Part III. Eyes Wide Shut (1999): A Case Study

12. The Mask that Conceals Nothing: Marital Fidelity and the Lo-Fi Soundscape in Eyes Wide Shut

Randolph Jordan      157

13. Eyes Wide Shut: Kubrick and the Representation of Gender

Lindiwe Dovey      170

14. Carnivalesque and Grotesque Bodies in Eyes Wide Shut

Miriam Jordan and Julian Jason Haladyn      182

15. The Phenomenological Quest of Stanley Kubrick: Eyes Wide Shut

Phillip Sipiora      196

Part III Notes      206

Part IV. Kubrick’s Legacy

16. Mechanical Humanity, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Android: The Posthuman Subject in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Artificial Intelligence: A.I.

Scott Loren      211

17. Whose Stanley Kubrick? The Myth, Legacy, and Ownership of the Kubrick Image

Robert J.E. Simpson      232

Part IV Notes      245

About the Contributors      249

Index      253