Kubrick: Inside a Film Artist's Maze

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Stanley Kubrick ranks among the most important American film makers of his generation, but his work is often misunderstood because it is widely diverse in subject matter and seems to lack thematic and tonal consistency. Thomas Nelson's perceptive and comprehensive study of Kubrick rescues him from the hostility of auteurist critics and discovers the roots of a Kubrickian aesthetic, which Nelson defines as the "aesthetics of contingency."

After analyzing how this aesthetic ...

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Overview

Stanley Kubrick ranks among the most important American film makers of his generation, but his work is often misunderstood because it is widely diverse in subject matter and seems to lack thematic and tonal consistency. Thomas Nelson's perceptive and comprehensive study of Kubrick rescues him from the hostility of auteurist critics and discovers the roots of a Kubrickian aesthetic, which Nelson defines as the "aesthetics of contingency."

After analyzing how this aesthetic develops and manifests itself in the early works, Nelson devotes individual chapters to Lolita, Dr. Stangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, and The Shining.

For this expanded edition, Nelson has added chapters on Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut, and, in the wake of the director's death, reconsidered his body of work as a whole. By placing Kubrick in a historical and theoretical context, this study is a reliable guide into—and out of—Stanley Kubrick's cinematic maze.

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Though he hadn't made a film that was worth a damn in the 30 years leading up to his death, Kubrick continues to be the artsy darling of the film world, revered by students and critics alike. Nelson here updates his 1982 original to include Full Metal Jacket and the director's final work, Eyes Wide Shut, which flopped. In the advent of his subject's unfortunate demise, Allen also reconsiders the Kubrick canon. At the time of its debut, this title was dubbed "the best book written to date about Kubrick's films" by LJ's reviewer (LJ 4/15/82) and that no doubt remains true. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253213907
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Edition description: New and Expanded Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,432,652
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Allen Nelson is Professor of English at San Diego State University and author of Shakespeare's Comic Theory.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface to the Second Edition
1 Kubrick and the Aesthetics of Contingency: The Shaping of a Film Imagination
2 In The Beginning: From Fear and Desire to Paths of Glory
3 Lolita: Kubrick in Nabokovland
4 Dr. Strangelove: The Descent of Man
5 2001: A Space Odyssey: The Ultimate Cinematic Universe
6 A Clockwork Orange: The Performing Artist
7 Barry Lyndon: A Time Odyssey
8 The Shining: Remembrance of Things Forgotten
9 <new chapter on Full Metal Jacket>
10 <new chapter on Eyes Wide Shut>
11 Postscript
Filmography
Selected Bibliography
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011

    All you need to know about his works!

    The book may be indulged in a paint of unusual and long words, but it delivers all you need to know about Stanley Kubrick's films, and surrealistic meanings of them. It is maybe one of the most complete works of literature on the man, hihgly reccomended to any movie, Kubrick fan, or anyone educating themselves as a director or screenwriter!
    - Leif B. Hammer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2000

    Well here we go again !!

    I have the first copy and it was terrific i really did love it !! this is the revised version it covers his WHOLE career which means that it not only covers the films in the last version but also Barry Lyndon ,Full Metal Jacket,and the one the only Eyes Wide Shut!

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