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Depth of Field: Stanley Kubrick, Film, and the Uses of History

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    Director of some of the most controversial films of the twentieth century, Stanley Kubrick created a reputation as a Hollywood outsider as well as a cinematic genius. His diverse yet relatively small oeuvre—he directed only thirteen films during a career that spanned more than four decades—covers a broad range of the themes that shaped his century and continues to shape the twenty-first: war and crime, gender relations and class conflict, racism, and the fate of individual agency in a world of increasing social ...

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Depth of Field: Stanley Kubrick, Film, and the Uses of History

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Overview

    Director of some of the most controversial films of the twentieth century, Stanley Kubrick created a reputation as a Hollywood outsider as well as a cinematic genius. His diverse yet relatively small oeuvre—he directed only thirteen films during a career that spanned more than four decades—covers a broad range of the themes that shaped his century and continues to shape the twenty-first: war and crime, gender relations and class conflict, racism, and the fate of individual agency in a world of increasing social surveillance and control. 
    In Depth of Field, leading screenwriters and scholars analyze Kubrick's films from a variety of perspectives. They examine such groundbreaking classics as Dr. Strangelove and 2001: A Space Odyssey and later films whose critical reputations are still in flux. Depth of Field ends with three viewpoints on Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut, placing it in the contexts of film history, the history and theory of psychoanalysis, and the sociology of sex and power. Probing Kubrick's whole body of work, Depth of Field is the first truly multidisciplinary study of one of the most innovative and controversial filmmakers of the twentieth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299216146
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 6/5/2006
  • Series: Wisconsin Film Studies Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Cocks is the Julian S. Rammelkamp Professor of History at Albion College. He has written and edited many books, including The Wolf at the Door: Stanley Kubrick, History, and the Holocaust. James Diedrick is associate dean at Agnes Scott College and author of Understanding Martin Amis. Glenn Perusek is the Royal G. Hall Professor of the Social Sciences at Albion College and editor of Trade Union Politics: American Unions and Economic Change.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : deep focus 3
The written word and the very visual Stanley Kubrick 31
Writing The shining 55
The pumpkinification of Stanley K. 62
Kubrick's armies : strategy, hierarchy, and motive in the war films of Stanley Kubrick 77
Subjected wills : the antihumanism of Kubrick's later films 101
2001 : a cold descent 122
Deviant subjects in Foucault and A clockwork orange : criminological constructions of subjectivity 146
Pictures, plurality, and puns : a visual approach to Barry Lyndon 165
Death by typewriter : Stanley Kubrick, the Holocaust, and The shining 185
Full-metal-jacketing, or masculinity in the making 218
In dreams begin responsibilities 245
Freud, Schnitzler, and Eyes wide shut 255
Introducing sociology 280
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