The Films of Stanley Kubrick Essay

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The Films of Stanley Kubrick The films of director Stanley Kubrick divert from any categorized genre upon analysis. Instead they use themes that also expand into cinematic concepts due to certain construction processes used in the making of his films. This distinguishes Stanley Kubrick as a film maker and also places his films in their own genre. Analysing the two films 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and A Clockwork Orange (1971) the production processes will be examined to determine how they bring about the construction of …show more content…
2001 bases itself on the idea that superior intelligence watched over man since ape hood, and leaps ahead to the year 2001 showing the advances of technology and the link between man and machine. Machines begin to assert themselves where astronauts Dave Bowman and Frank Poole are at the mercy of computer HAL 9000 controlling the space ship. This highlights a conflict between man and machine and later ends with Bowman reclaiming the ship and ending with Bowman being reborn as an enhanced being.

The shooting and filming stage took four and a half months. After the opening of 2001 the first scene is titled “The Dawn of Man”. A series of four fades mark the different phases of the Dawn of man. These fades describe a cycle, beginning with signs of the ape men near extinction on a dry landscape, followed by territorial conflicts around a waterhole, unknown terrors sounding at night and finally the sudden appearance of an alien monolith marking the evolution. Low angle shots are used here showing the monolith with the moon and the sun. Visually this has an effect on showing the monolith assuming a status equal to the planets and locates the cosmic intelligence within the film for the impending
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