Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives

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2015

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Black Dog

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Peer reviewed

Abstract

Starkly beautiful and thematically provocative, Stanley Kubrick’s work has exerted a strong influence on audiences, critics and filmmakers all over the world. Ranging from low-budget noir thrillers to spectacular historical and futuristic epics, from war films to erotic dramas, from horror to topical movies, Kubrick’s work explores fundamental questions about sexuality and violence, military organisations and combat, male bonding and marriage, human nature and social change. In doing so, he has produced iconic images (and sounds) representing key events and developments of the 20th century, including World War I, the threat of nuclear apocalypse, the space race, the Vietnam war, the rise of juvenile delinquency and family breakdown. Kubrick’s work has inspired a huge amount of critical commentary, yet until recently critics and scholars have made little use of archival resources. This collection brings together a group of writers who have examined the traces that Kubrick’s work has left in archives, in particular in his own collection of film-related materials which was donated to the University of the Arts London in 2007. The essays included in this collection offer new perspectives on Kubrick’s working methods, the manifold influences on his films, their themes and style as well as their marketing and reception. Between them, the essays cover all of Kubrick’s career, from his beginnings as a photo journalist and documentary filmmaker in the late 1940s and early 1950s to his last movie, Eyes Wide Shut, which was released a few months after his death in 1999. Richly illustrated with film stills and previously unseen material from the Stanley Kubrick Archive, this book is designed to open the reader’s eyes to the wonder and richness of Kubrick’s work.

Description

This is a massive edited collection (314 large format pages). My own contributions comprise a jointly written introduction and two chapters: Ljujic, Tatjana, Kramer, Peter, and Daniels, Richard (2015). Introduction, pp. 12-19. Krämer, Peter (2015). 'Complete total final annihilating artistic control’: Stanley Kubrick and Postwar Hollywood', pp. 48-61. Krämer, Peter (2015) ’What’s it going to be, eh?’ Stanley Kubrick’s Adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, pp. 218-35.

Keywords

Stanley Kubrick Archive, film analysis, production histories, film marketing, film reception

Citation

Ljujic, T., Krämer, P. and Daniels, R. (eds) (2015) Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives. London: Black Dog.

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Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI)