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Stanley Kubrick’s Cinema of Failure

Stanley Kubrick’s Cinema of Failure
by Maria Pramaggiore

Maria Pramaggiore is Head of Media Studies at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth. She has published four books, two on Irish cinema, and one a co-authored textbook, Film: A Critical Introduction (2011; with Tom Wallis), now in its third edition. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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DOI: 10.5040/9781350996328.0004

    Stanley Kubrick’s formally rigorous, visually precise and profoundly satirical films offer an uncompromising view of the masculine obsessions that define Western culture, from phallic bombs, mammary milk bars, and classical music (Dr Strangelove, 1964, and A Clockwork Orange, 1970) to military mantras (Full Metal Jacket, 1987) and the rape and abuse of women (Barry Lyndon, 1975, and The Shining, 1980). His production methods straddled the studio era, a period in which directors were contracted and major studios assumed financial risks, and New Hollywood, which ushered in the reign of director auteurs as stars in their own right.