Film Styles and Genres

This intermediate seminar explores the films of the great and extremely influential American director Stanley Kubrick. We will closely study films from across his career and spanning genres including noir, the war film, political satire, science fiction, and horror. Our focus will be on Kubrick’s innovative formal language—his use of color, staging, editing, choreographed camerawork, and his extraordinary manipulations of sound and music. We will analyze his use of satire, parody, and irony; his stylistic deployment of photography, theatricality, and reflexivity; and his films’ complex navigations of war, violence, gender, and sexuality. We will also consider his influence on contemporary directors including Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Yorgos Lanthimos.

Films will include:

  • The Killing (1956)
  • Spartacus (1960)
  • Lolita (1962)
  • Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • Barry Lyndon (1975)
  • The Shining (1980)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999)