Stanley Kubrick Analysis

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Stanley Kubrick is a name that has remained relevant throughout the years. Movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and many others have made an impact on how films are made, but more importantly, the thematic elements of Kubrick’s films is what translated so well to the screen. Kubrick developed stylistic innovations in his films such as one-point perspective, realistic lighting, and distinctive dialogue. All of these stylistic strategies served to amplify the common themes found in his films that dealt with enduring issues like war, which Kubrick argued is part of human nature. Not only was Kubrick a film director who made an impact on filmmaking history, but his innovative ideas have also made an impact on society…show more content…
We see distinctive dialogue in all of Kubrick’s films such as the NASA jargon in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Nadsat argot (Russian slang) in A Clockwork Orange, the drill sergeant's rants in Full Metal Jacket and some improvised dialogue in Dr. Strangelove. Overall, Kubrick’s combination of one-point perspective, realistic lighting, and distinctive dialogue creates a simultaneous “poiesis” for the audience. Poesis, according to Philp Kuberski, is “an integral overlay of imagery....speech—that exceeds rational exegesis or paraphrase. It is the illumination that Kubrick aimed for in his films” (11). Therefore, Kubrick’s films are hard to digest at first because of their complex subject matter. Films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining were perceived as enigmatic ones for their time, yet they gained a cult following and became part of popular culture. In Kubrick’s film adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, the different locations in the movie such as “The Korova Milk Bar”, Alex’s bedroom, the police interrogation room, and the changing room at the prison all have a similar bright lighting scheme. The lighting schemes together with the theatrical settings like the stage at the Ludovico Center where Alex’s new “nature” is demonstrated to the press suggests the artificial nature of this futuristic setting as there is an absence of a natural lighting source in the film like the moon or sun. Moreover, in the dystopian setting of A Clockwork Orange, human nature is altered through conditioning by drugs and celluloid just like what they did to Alex in the film in order to change his murderous ways. In this sense, Kubrick raised questions in his films about human nature in

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