This Sampling explores the films of the great and extremely influential American director Stanley Kubrick. The course will closely study films from across his career, ranging from 1956 to 1987, and spanning genres including noir, the war film, satire, science fiction and horror. Our focus will be on Kubrick’s extraordinary 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, irony, his stylistic deployment of photography, theatricality, and reflexivity, and his complex relationship to war, violence, gender, and sexuality.
Films will include:
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
The Shining (1980)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
The Killing (1956)
* Weekly screening, weekly seminar meeting; meets for the first half of the semester.