The Cinema of Stanley Kubrick – Norman Kagan (1972) (1st ed)


The Cinema of Stanley Kubrick – Norman Kagan (1972) (1st ed)


Title: The Cinema of Stanley Kubrick

Author: Norman Kagan

Publisher: Holt, Rinehard and Winston, 1972. Stated first edition.

Condition: Hardcover, with price-clipped dust jacket. Very good. Slight soiling to dust jacket, interior fine. Numerous black and white movie stills. 204pp., 7″ by 5″.

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From the Preface:

My approach: Each of Kubrick’s films gets a very visual dramatized brief treatment, along with story lines, music used, and sound effects, compacted into 15 or 20 pages. Hopefully these will serve as a stimulus to visual awareness and memory, encouragement to pursue the missed films, a tribute to the filmmaker, and a check on critical exuberance. They were, incidentally, quite a kick to write.

This books is based on the auteur theory, which assumes that a film director has the same freedom and control in shaping his creations as do writers, painters, and other artists. Kubrick is clearly an auteur critic’s dream: He writes, shoots, directs, edits, and often handles his own publicity. He has, in fact, sought ever more control as his career progressed; his films are probably as close to personal works of art as any in the commercial cinema.


Fear and Desire
Killer’s Kiss
The Killing
Paths of Glory
Dr. Strangelove
2002: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
Problems and Prospects
Kubrick Filmography