Kubrick, Inside a Film Artist's Maze
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rsplenda477 - LibraryThing
A clever, thoughtful display of arguments pertaining to some of Kubrick's masterpieces. I think some of them were a stretch, but some were very well thought out as well. But isn't that what is so ... Read full review
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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 ... Read full review
KUBRICK AND THE AESTHETICS OF CONTINGENCY
THE END OF THE BEGINNING
KUBRICK IN NABOKOVLAND
THE DESCENT OF
THE ULTIMATE CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
THE PERFORMING ARTIST