Stanley Kubrick: A Narrative and Stylistic Analysis

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 204 pages
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The second edition of Mario Falsetto's extensive analysis of Kubrick's films carefully examines the filmmaker's oeuvre in its entirety--from smaller, early films (The Killing) through mid-career masterpieces (Dr. Strangelove; 2001: A Space Odyssey; A Clockwork Orange), later films such as Full Metal Jacket, and his final work, 1999's Eyes Wide Shut. The author, offering close readings supported by precise shot descriptions, shows us how Kubrick's body of work represents a stylistically and thematically consistent cinematic vision, one that merges formal experimentation with great philosophical complexity.

Falsetto explores many of Kubrick's often-used devices, including the long-take aesthetic, voice-overs, and moving camera, and discusses the thematic uses to which these techniques are applied. Finally, he presents the very first formal analysis of Eyes Wide Shut, the director's final, very much underrated masterwork.

 

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Contents

Patterns of Narrative Organization
1
THE KILLING
2
ABSENCE AND PRESENCE IN LOLITA
8
NARRATIVE REVERSAL REPETITION AND POINTS OF CONVERGENCE
12
Time and Space Part 1
23
INDIVIDUAL FILMS
38
Time and Space Part 2
53
Filmic Narration Part 1
85
Character and Performance
149
BARRY LYNDON
154
THE SHINING
159
Final Thoughts
169
NARRATIVE SEGMENTATIONS
179
Filmography
189
Selected Bibliography
197
Index
201

Filmic Narration Part 2
105
SUBJECTIVITY VERSUS OBJECTIVITY
141

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About the author (2001)

MARIO FALSETTO received his Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University./e He is a Professor of Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, and the author of Personal Visions: Conversations with Contemporary Film Directors and the editor of the anthology Perspectives on Stanley Kubrick.

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