Stanley Kubrick and the Art of Adaptation

Three Novels, Three Films


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About the Book

Paring a novel into a two-hour film is an arduous task for even the best screenwriters and directors. Often the resulting movies are far removed from the novel, sometimes to the point of being unrecognizable. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptations have consistently been among the best Hollywood has to offer.
Kubrick’s film adaptations of three novels—Lolita, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket—are analyzed in this work. The primary focus is on the alterations in the characters and narrative structure, with additional attention to style, scope, pace, mood and meaning. Kubrick’s adaptations simplify, impose a new visuality, reduce violence, and render the moral slant more conventional.
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About the Author(s)

Greg Jenkins is professor of English at Garret College in Maryland. He is the author of Night Game and Code Green. He has contributed more than 40 stories to literary journals and has had five plays produced.

Bibliographic Details

Greg Jenkins
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 181
Bibliographic Info: 9 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3097-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0884-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

1. Introduction      1

2. Lolita      31

3. The Shining      69

4. Full Metal Jacket      107

5. Conclusions      149

Bibliography      163

Index      171

Book Reviews & Awards

“tightly focused…thorough, careful comparisons”—Choice; “highly recommended”—Small Press; “explores the inherent difficulties of converting fiction into celluloid…reasoned and illuminating”—Creative Screenwriting.