A View To The Work of Director Stanley Kubrick
Only few Hollywood directors can distinguish themselves for bridging the gap of making purely entertaining films to creating pieces of art. Stanley Kubrick has placed himself in history as a true artist of the seventh art. Stanley Kubrick is known for reinventing himself in every film he makes. However, as every other artist, there are different things that connect every creation he made. His use of camera, photography, colors and extreme detailing are among the characteristics that exemplify a film made by Kubrick. Furthermore, there is a message that appears consistent in Kubrick’s films as well. Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket are movies that after been analyzed can be deeply thematically connected. Stanley Kubrick portrayed the dehumanizing nature and duality of human beings in his film, often represented by a corps that symbolizes order, honor and protection. Stanley Kubrick was never responsible for the original story behind his movies; however, he worked thoroughly to make them their own. Kubrick always worked hard as director and screenwriter to turn into a masterpiece the story he selectively chose. When deciding on a subject for a film, there were a number of aspects that he looked for. Kubrick mostly "wanted to make films about things that mattered, that not only had form, but substance"(Harlan). While his films are all very different from each other there is something that unites them all, and that is a very thoughtful look at human nature and human frailty. He sought to choose pieces of literature that would assemble the message he would like to transmit through his films. (Harlan) In the foundation of the seventh art, movies represented a more democratic form of art. Movies use to be easier to interpret accurately and moreover easier to appreciate the art. As the cinema has progressed over the time, more avant-grade directors have been fostering movies as a form to explore...
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