Stanley Kubrick American Filmmaker David Mikics

Series:
Jewish Lives
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
18 Aug 2020
ISBN:
9780300224405
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
248 pages: 210 x 146mm
Illustrations:
11 b-w illus.

Stanley Kubrick revolutionized Hollywood with movies like Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and A Clockwork Orange, and electrified audiences with The Shining and Full Metal Jacket. David Mikics takes readers on a deep dive into Kubrick’s life and work, illustrating his intense commitment to each of his films.
 
Kubrick grew up in the Bronx, a doctor’s son. From a young age he was consumed by photography, chess, and, above all else, movies. He was a self-taught filmmaker and self-proclaimed outsider, and his films exist in a unique world of their own outside the Hollywood mainstream. Kubrick’s Jewishness played a crucial role in his idea of himself as outsider. Obsessed with rebellion against authority, war, and male violence, Kubrick was himself a calm, coolly masterful creator and a talkative, ever-curious polymath immersed in friends and family.
 
Drawing on interviews and new archival material, Mikics for the first time explores the personal side of Kubrick’s films.

David Mikics is Moores Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Houston, as well as a columnist for Tablet magazine. His most recent books are Bellow’s People and Slow Reading in a Hurried Age. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and Houston, TX.