Perspectives on Stanley Kubrick (Perspectives on Film)

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A collection of articles on the American director's ten most crucial films and interviews with him, including those in Playboy and Rolling Stone . Among the topics are patterns of filmic narration in The Killing and Lolita , filming 2001: A Space Odyssey , photographing Barry Lyndon , and the unravelling of patriarchy in Full Metal Jacket . Includes a full filmography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Perspectives on Stanley Kubrick. Stanley Kubrick is the acclaimed Bronx-born, British-based director of such notable films as Paths of Glory, Spartacus, and Dr. Strangelove. Among those who have admirably analyzed his oeuvre are Michael Ciment (Kubrick, 1980. o.p.) and Thomas Allen Nelson (Kubrick: Inside a Film Artist's Maze, LJ 4/15/82). Because Kubrick has directed only Full Metal Jacket (1987) since those books were published, these new evaluations will supplement rather than supersede them. Falsetto's work contains an introduction to Kubrick's career, a complete filmography, 22 essays (one by Kubrick himself), and four interviews, including the 1968 Playboy discussion of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Academic evaluations are complemented by nuts-and-bolts articles about the groundbreaking special effects of 2001 and use of the Steadicam camera on The Shining. The only sour note is "Full Metal Jacket: The Unravelling of Patriarchy," used by its author to snipe at Margaret Thatcher and a British commission on language. Contrast this with its intelligible companion piece, Thomas Doherty's "Full Metal Genre: Kubrick's Vietnam Combat Movie." LoBrutto's book is the first full biography of its subject. Although the reclusive director did not grant him an interview, LoBrutto gained the cooperation of childhood and adult friends and associates and gathered a truly vast amount of background material from primary sources (school records, marriage certificates, letters) and secondary sources (books, obituaries, reviews). Regrettably, his editors have allowed every bit of the information LoBrutto collected to remain in the text. Although much of the detail is welcome, the needless adjectives ("masterful Hamlet"), minutiae (hour of birth of his first wife), and plot synopses that should have been in the filmography often make this tedious reading. Buy where completeness is a goal.?Kim R. Holston, American. Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, Pa.
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