Kubrick, New and Expanded Edition

Kubrick, New and Expanded Edition

Inside a Film Artist's Maze
Thomas Allen Nelson
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 06/22/2000
Format: Paperback 53 b&w photos, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21390-7
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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 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.

Author Bio

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

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“This expanded edition of Thomas Nelson's trenchant study of a master of film includes new chapters on Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. In the wake of the director's death, Nelson reconsiders 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. Praise for the first edition: "This is the best book written to date about Kubrick's films."—Library Journal "Nelson practically dissects each of Kubrick's eleven feature films scene by scene and, in some instances, shot by shot. . . . [He] gives not only insightful and supported interpretation and criticism of Kubrick's style and content, but also analyses the technical craftsmanship of the director."—Best Sellers "In what is without question the finest book to date on this filmmaker, Nelson offers a penetrating, comprehensive examination of the style and substance of Kubrick's canon."—Studies in the Humanities”

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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