Stanley Kubrick

Seven Films Analyzed


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About the Book

Stanley Kubrick had a great talent for creating memorable images—such as his famous jump cut from a bone tossed into the prehistoric sky to a spaceship orbiting the earth in 2001. Like the composer of a great symphony, Kubrick also had the ability to draw his memorable moments into a lyrical whole. Balancing harmony with discord, he kept viewers on edge by constantly shifting relationships among the dramatic elements in his movies. The results often confounded expectations and provoked controversy, right up through Eyes Wide Shut, the last film of his life.
This book is an intensive, scene-by-scene analysis of Kubrick’s most mature work—seven meticulously wrought films, from Dr. Strangelove to Eyes Wide Shut. In these films, Kubrick dramatized the complexity and mutability of the human struggle, in settings so diverse that some critics have failed to see the common threads. Rasmussen traces those threads and reveals the always shifting, always memorable, always passionately rendered pattern.
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About the Author(s)

Randy Rasmussen is a library associate at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Bibliographic Details

Randy Rasmussen
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 368
Bibliographic Info: photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 [2001]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2152-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1376-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

1. Dr. Strangelove: Failed-Safe     5

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey: The Face in the Machine     51

3. A Clockwork Orange: Crime in Punishment     111

4. Barry Lyndon: Paradise Hollow     173

5. The Shining: Unsympathetic Vibrations     232

6. Full Metal Jacket: Semper Infidelis     285

7. Eyes Wide Shut: The Waking Dream     330

Selected Bibliography     358

Index     359

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Choice; “extensive criticism and synopses…serves as a cinematic scorecard”—C&RL News; “film scholarship at its best…important”—Classic Images; “a very good book…exquisite…intensive, scene-by-scene analysis”—Gadfly.