Stan the man kubrick

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Stan the man kubrick

It is easy to look into the eyes of a motion picture and dissect it for its form, style, underlying meanings, and other characteristics that separate it from a film and a classic. There are concrete elements that can be found in all classics that make it such a powerful and remarkable work. One of these elements is undoubtedly the concept of the auteur theory. The Auteur theory is described as a filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style. Next to this definition should be the line “-for more help see Stanley Kubrick.” He exemplifies all the characteristics of not just a film director, but also a film auteur because of the intellect and genius that goes into each minute of each scene of each incredible film.

Since it is impossible to describe all of the details of Kubrick’s auteur theory here, it will be my goal to touch on one of them, arguably the most important, and explore it. The one to which I will concern myself with now, is that of Kubrick’s brilliant portrayal of the dark side of human nature. Hey accurately portrays in all of his movies the common element of people having unscrupulous traits. He shows through all of his characters the evil strand of badness that is inside all of us just waiting to come out. It is debated that not even one of Kubrick’s many characters in any of his many films possesses redeemable qualities. That is, all characters display, or has hidden inside them, qualities that make them bad and immoral. And although some characters are more bad than good, there is a certain trait that makes them not a truly good person. In considering the “more good than bad people, This argument suggest to say that Kubrick is outwardly telling his audiences that all human nature is in essence bad and that goodness is only a mask of what truly lies underneath. These qualities can be exemplified through the examination of two of Kubrick’s most brilliant works, Dr. Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange. [okay, I don’t think it is this simple, that is, I don’t think it is just a matter of good vs evil, it goes much deeper than that; remember what we discussed in class, it is the system that constructs us, thus we are a reflection of that system; it is a system that we have created but that now controls us [so to speak]; it is a system that de-...

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...Orange is basically summary/descriptive analysis; you have to go much farther than this to fit A Clockwork Orange into the equation you spelled out in the beginning; what is the thread that links these two films, and indeed, Kubrick’s work in its entirety, at least in part? And then convey how they are different]

The two movies differ greatly both in subject matter and in cinematic styling. One is an outwardly hilarious satire and the other an artful drama. Yet both movies tell the same saga about the human race and the violent darkness which lies within all of us. Whether it is the system trying to strip away our God-given right of free will to choose our life’s path or the dark reality of a global destruction, the human race is ultimately bad.[again not that simple] Kubrick uses completely different styles[vague] to show this point showing his giftedness as a filmmaker. He can show the dark side of humanity through both a comic and serious medium and do it in a way that makes us think they are completely different.[extraneous and basically redundant] This exemplifies the ideas that make up the definition of auteur theory perfectly as does the man himself, Stanley Kubrick.
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