Kubrick's Total Cinema: Philosophical Themes and Formal Qualities

Kubrick's Total Cinema: Philosophical Themes and Formal Qualities

By: Philip Kuberski (author)Hardback

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Whatever people think about Kubrick's work, most would agree that there is something distinctive, even unique, about the films he made: a coolness, an intellectual clarity, a critical edginess, and finally an intractable ambiguity. In an attempt to isolate the Kubrick difference, this book treats Kubrick's films to a conceptual and formal analysis rather than a biographical and chronological survey. As Kubrick's cinema moves between the possibilities of human transcendence dramatized in 2001: A Space Odyssey and the dismal limitations of human nature exhibited in A Clockwork Orange, the filmmaker's style "de-realizes" cinematic realism while, paradoxically, achieving an unprecedented frankness of vision and documentary and technical richness. The result is a kind of vertigo: the audience is made aware of both the de-realized and the realized nature of cinema. As opposed to the usual studies providing a summary and commentary of individual films, this will be the first to provide an analysis of the "elements" of Kubrick's total cinema.

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Philip Kuberski is Professor of English at Wake Forest University and the author of three books and a number of essays on modern literature and its relations to science, technology, and mythology.


Chapter One: Thinking Chapter Two: Corporeality Chapter Three: Time Chapter Four: War Chapter Five: Light Chapter Six: Eros Chapter Seven: Music Chapter Eight: Technology Chapter Nine: Speech Chapter Ten: Poiesis Chapter Eleven: Transcendence

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/10/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781441156877
  • Format: Hardback, Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781441156877
  • weight: 475
  • ISBN10: 1441156879

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