Stanely Kubrick


The American cinema is rich with powerful and insightful filmmakers whose bodies of work add to the legacy of American filmmaking. But a few filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch, two of the most enlightening and illuminating directors to ever grace the silver screen, not only add to but create entirely new possibilities for the American and global cinema. These auteurs are separated from other filmmakers because of their profound sense of creativity and individuality. There is no mistaking a film by Kubrick or Lynch because everything from the editing to the scoring to the cinematography is unmistakably theirs. Their unique visions become a part of film's history, and their ...

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such as man as a symbolic figure, while Lynch focuses on intensely private themes such as a character's discovery of self. Using their films as evidence, let us take a closer look at how these two great directors use their unique sense of style, characters, and auteurship to espouse their world view.
One of the greatest contrasts between Lynch and Kubrick is found in their treatment of mankind. For Kubrick, men are often treated as 'machines' who serve a purpose. For Instance, in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Full Metal Jacket the dialogue of the characters becomes so entrenched in a technical jargon that the audience starts to see the characters not as humans, but rather as extensions of a machine (be it the computer machines of 2001 or the military machine of Full Metal Jacket). Thus, when Sergeant Hartman asks Gomer Pyle "What is your major malfunction?" he is treating Pyle as a machine, as a malfunctioning unit devoid of emotion and humanity. "What is your ...

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any type of in-depth human emotion, and of course this irony is furthered when the audience sees that the position of the HAL 9000 super-computer is as omnipotent and the human characters as subservient followers. Kubrick creates a world in which humans are not only parts of a mechanism (i.e. Dave's responsibilities are to HAL) but are also subservient to it. Humans become dehumanized and are utilized only for their ability to further the cause of the machine.
Kubrick's world view of humans as tools to further the cause of the machine (political, military, or other) is not found in the films of David Lynch. Lynch approaches his world view from a much more intensely personal and ...

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