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    Description"On Kubrick" is a critical study of Stanley Kubrick's career, beginning with his earliest feature, "Fear and Desire" (1953), and ending with his posthumous production of "A.I., Artificial Intelligence" (2001). Organized in six parts ('The Taste Machine', 'Young Kubrick', 'Kubrick, Harris, Douglas', 'Stanley Kubrick Presents', 'Late Kubrick', and 'Epilogue'), it offers provocative analysis of each of Kubrick's films together with new information about their production histories and cultural contexts. Its ultimate aim is to provide a concise yet thorough discussion that will be useful as both an academic text and a trade publication.The book argues that in several respects Kubrick was one of the cinema's last modernists: his taste and sensibility were shaped by the artistic culture of New York in the 1950s; he became a celebrated auteur who forged a distinctive style; he used art-cinema conventions in commercial productions; he challenged censorship regulations; and, throughout his career he was preoccupied with one of the central themes of modernist art - the conflict between rationality and its ever-present shadow, the unconscious. War and science are often the subjects of his films, and his work has a hyper-masculine quality; yet no director has more relentlessly emphasized the absurdity of combat, the failure of scientific reasoning, and the fascistic impulses in masculine sexuality. The book also argues that while Kubrick was a voracious intellectual and a lifelong autodidact, the fascination of his work has less to do with the ideas it espouses than with the emotions it evokes.Often described as 'cool' or 'cold', Kubrick is best understood as a skillful practitioner of what might be called the aesthetics of the grotesque; he employs extreme forms of caricature and black comedy to create disgusting, frightening, yet also laughable images of the human body. No less than Diane Arbus (who was his contemporary), he makes his viewers uneasy, unsure how to react either emotionally or politically.


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    Title
    On Kubrick
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Naremore
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 303
    Width: 187 mm
    Height: 248 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 857 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844571420
    ISBN 10: 1844571424
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.6
    BIC E4L: PER
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: APFB
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: PR
    Libri: I-PR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25880
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    B&T General Subject: 221
    DC22: 791.430233092
    BISAC V2.8: PER004030
    DC22: 791.4302/33092
    BISAC V2.8: PER004010
    DC22: 791.43023309
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PER018000
    LC classification: PN1998.3.K83 N37 2007
    Thema V1.0: ATFB
    Publisher
    British Film Institute
    Imprint name
    BFI PUBLISHING
    Publication date
    01 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    James Naremore is Emeritus Chancellors' Professor of Communication and Culture and English, Indiana University. Previous publications include: More than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts Previous publications include More than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts.