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Elective Courses

CINE 115 - Stanley Kubrick

ENGL 292
601 | W 5:30-8:30pm | FBH 201

We will regard the work of Stanley Kubrick who in 40 years produced only 13 feature films, each remarkable. A perfectionist, Kubrick was known for his extensive research and meticulous filmmaking. We will trace Kubrick as his work evolved from photography to newsreel documentaries to a "cinema of the brain." We will explore whether Kubrick's work gained emotional charge as his philosophy and understanding of the medium matured. We will screen all of his feature length films: Fear and Desire (1953); Killers Kiss (1955), The Killing (1956),Paths of Glory (1957), Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968);A Clockwork Orange (1971); Barry Lyndon (1975); The Shining (1980); Full Metal Jacket(1987) and the posthumous Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Pushing each idea, genre and filmmaking itself to its limits, Kubrick worked the divide between experimental non-narrative films and conventional plot-driven movies, creating experiences of breathtaking visual and aural expression, and innovating with music, cinematic point of view, and acting. Inarguably cerebral, Kubrick nonetheless made extraordinarily affecting films about his preoccupations: power, violence, cruelty, conformity. We will explore Kubrick through auteur and genre theory, film criticism and review, and formal analysis (editing, lighting, composition, mise-en-scene, acting), as well as consider how his work engages with particular historical, political, and cultural concerns, including the Holocaust, blacklisting, the cold war, youth culture, Vietnam, media and violence, and the nuclear family. Students are required to attend all classes; read assigned texts, write three short critical papers, a film outline and a partial screenplay; and collaborate on a film.