Stanley Kubrick and the Art of Adaptation
Three Novels, Three Films
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)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 9 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007 
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 1
2. Lolita 31
3. The Shining 69
4. Full Metal Jacket 107
5. Conclusions 149
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.