Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick (kōō´brĬk, kyōō´–), 1928–99, American film director, writer, and producer, b. New York City. His visually stunning, thematically daring, boldly idiosyncratic, and darkly compelling films generally portray a deeply flawed humanity. Kubrick made several documentary shorts in the 1950s, turning to film noir features with Fear and Desire (1953), Killer's Kiss (1955), and The Killing (1956). He scored his first hit with the bleak antiwar drama Paths of Glory (1957). After completing the Roman epic Spartacus (1960), he left Hollywood (1961) to move to England. He soon made a series of brilliant films: the sexualized, sad, and uproariously comic Lolita (1962), the apocalyptic black comedy Dr. Strangelove (1964), the science-fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and the violently futuristic A Clockwork Orange (1971). Kubrick's later films include Barry Lyndon (1975); The Shining (1980), a terrifying version of Stephen King's novel; the bitter Vietnam-era Full Metal Jacket (1987); and the psychosexual thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999), his last film, called a masterpiece by some critics and a pretentious disappointment by others.

See biography by V. Lobrutto (1997); G. Phillips, Stanley Kubrick: A Film Odyssey (1975); T. A. Nelson, Kubrick: Inside a Film Artist's Maze (1982); M. Ciment, Kubrick (1983); N. Kagan, The Cinema of Stanley Kubrick (1989); M. Falsetto, Stanley Kubrick: A Narrative and Stylistic Analysis (1994).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Stanley Kubrick: Selected full-text books and articles

Stanley Kubrick: A Narrative and Stylistic Analysis
Mario Falsetto.
Praeger, 2001 (2nd edition)
Major Film Directors of the American and British Cinema
Gene D. Phillips.
Lehigh University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Stanley Kubrick: Stop the World"
Stanley Kubrick's a Clockwork Orange
Stuart Y. McDougal.
Cambridge University Press, 2003
Inventing Vietnam: The War in Film and Television
Michael Anderegg.
Temple University Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Male Bonding, Hollywood Orientalism, and the Repression of the Feminine in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket"
Becoming Film Literate: The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures
Vincent Lobrutto.
Praeger, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 47 "Experimental Narrative: 2001: A Space Odyssey"
Nuclear War Films
Jack G. Shaheen.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1978
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Dr. Strangelove, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"
Celluloid Mushroom Clouds: Hollywood and the Atomic Bomb
Joyce A. Evans.
Westview Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Ridicule and Parody: Dr. Strangelove (1964)" begins on p. 163
Toward a Post-Structural Influence in Film Genre Study: Intertextuality and 'The Shining.'(Genre)
Metz, Walter.
Film Criticism, Vol. 22, No. 1, Fall 1997
The Country of the Mind in Kubrick's Fear and Desire
Sperb, Jason.
Film Criticism, Vol. 29, No. 1, Fall 2004
La Petite Mort: Sex Equated to Death Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut
Williamson, Patricia.
Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, August 2001
Schnitzler, Kubrick, and "Fidelio"
Whitinger, Raleigh; Ingram, Susan.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 36, No. 3, September 2003
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