Communication and Culture | Authorship in the Media: Kubrick
C326 | 1145 | Naremore


Stanley Kubrick was a paradoxical figure. One of the few
mainstream directors of the past fifty years who was both popular and
respected by intellectuals, he maintained a good relationship with
movie studios and a remarkable degree of personal control over his
most expensive projects. His pictures seemed both hand-made and
technically sophisticated, and he himself was both a recluse and a
kind of star.
From the 1960s onward, he lived in England, creating visions of US
space travel, the Vietnam war, and New York City all within a few
miles of his country home. The long periods between his later
projects, which were shrouded in secrecy, created great public
curiosity about what he would do next, simply because he was
responsible for some of the most admired movies ever made.
This course will offer a retrospective of Kubrick's career,
covering all thirteen of the feature films he signed. The lectures and
discussions will treat the films from a variety of angles, dealing
with such matters as style, politics, social and industrial history,
technology and production methods, techniques of adaptation, and
public reception.
Students will be required to write two exams based on the readings and
films, plus a short essay.