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About Tom Lichtenberg. Also by This Author. Francis W. Porretto reviewed on on July 27, I don't have quite the right words with which to describe these two novellas. That almost fits. Black humor? More in the indigo range, but what the hell. Tom Lichtenberg is an atheist, but he's fairly easygoing about it: "I'm not a big fan of the so-called "militant" atheists and tend to agree with your assessment of their obsession with religion, but at the same time I enjoy them and I'm glad they're out there ruffling feathers and making noise.
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It's a good thing, as far as I'm concerned, for atheists to be seen and heard. I've done my little part with the publication of my two 'atheist comic pulp fictions. It's fully equipped with atheist institutions: a college, a broadcasting service, and whatnot.
The plots concern one Gian Carlo Spallanzini, almost literally a professional atheist -- in point of fact, he's a Professor of Defunct Sciences at New Harbinger College -- and his blindsiding by events he's spent his adult life ridiculing. Its hostess, Missy D'Angelo, is a vicious battleaxe who delights in tearing believers to shreds, which she does nightly on her show. Believers in what, you ask? Name something! Kubrick reportedly held long telephone discussions with Steven Spielberg regarding the film, and, according to Spielberg, at one point stated that the subject matter was closer to Spielberg's sensibilities than his.
In , following Kubrick's death, Spielberg took the various drafts and notes left by Kubrick and his writers, and composed a new screenplay, and in association with what remained of Kubrick's production unit, made the movie AI: Artificial Intelligence, starring Haley Joel Osment.
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The film contains a posthumous producing credit for Stanley Kubrick at the beginning, and the brief dedication "For Stanley" at the end. The film contains many recurrent Kubrick motifs, such as an omniscient narrator, an extreme form of the three act structure, the themes of humanity and inhumanity, and a sardonic view of Freudian psychology.
Kubrick's cinematic technique was very recognizable. His distinctive style is composed of many stylistic calling cards and signature techniques, including the following:. Kubrick's "coldness," or emotional distance from his subject matter, has always been a point of his critics. Ray Bradbury , criticizing , said that the "freezing touch of Antonioni" hovers over Kubrick in this film. Harlan Ellison described Kubrick's view as so remote that it's almost alien. Few directors routinely held shots longer than Kubrick.
The technique creates tension in the audience because moviegoers are conditioned to expect constant cutting in a scene between different character points of view. Audiences have become accustomed to a certain rhythm in cutting from scene to scene, but in some of Kubrick's films a single take might last five minutes, thus breaking this rhythm. This technique creates a certain discomfort in the viewer, who almost looks away from embarrassment because the length of the take turns the viewer into an awkward voyeur. In , Kubrick stages and shoots the sequence where the astronauts discover the Monolith in exactly the same way that he stages and shoots the scene where the apes discover the Monolith, indicating how little man has involved.
In the same vein the scene around the coffee table with Dr.
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Floyd and the Russians, involving mounting tension as the discussion progresses, is shot and staged in a way similar to the scene in which the opposing groups of apes congregate around the water hole. In many Kubrick films the scenery, the setting, figures as prominently as do the actors.
Examples include the spaceship in and the hotel in The Shining. Visual symmetries accompany tragedy in many of Kubrick's films. The war room of Dr. Strangelove is geometric to an extreme. In Full Metal Jacket, a crucial scene of the drill sergeant's murder takes place in a sterile white latrine. Army training barracks have latrines from a standard-issue pattern, a tidy row going along one wall.
Abandoning his usual hyper-accuracy in favor of slight artistic license, Kubrick specially created a set with two rows, on opposing walls for the sake of symmetry. The icy white of the washroom is juxtaposed against the mess of spilled blood. The use of Hal's brain room in is similar to the symmetrical latrine. Kubrick uses symmetry to lull the audience into a sense of false security and to provide a counterpoint to the asymmetry of destruction.
Virtually every Stanley Kubrick work is adapted from a novel or other literary medium. However, usually his adaptations are radically different from the original work. In every major Kubrick film there is a character or characters who at one point become the focus of the camera's attention in an extreme closeup, while their face is mangled by a height of extreme emotion or insanity. Strangelove: Gen.
Buck Turgidson, Gen. Ripper, and Strangelove himself all exhibit the contorted face at one time or another. The Shining: The famous still of Jack Nicholson's face that was used in the film's promotion is the most salient example. Very frequently Stanley Kubrick films reference other Stanley Kubrick films; there are recurring threads through nearly all of his work. Examples of this include:. All of these echoes are markers to indicate the deeper revisitation of the same themes in the body of Kubrick's work. Steven Spielberg said of Kubrick, "He copied no one while all of us were scrambling to imitate him.
Stanley Kubrick's work had a major influence on the technical development of film making, on hundreds of film makers, as well as many aspects of pop culture. Kubrick increased the popularity of the art film, and his films help defined the standards by which films are judged as art films.
For instance, one criterion for modern films to be considered "art films" is a high Average Shot Length ASL , since all of Kubrick's films had very long takes, and hence very high ASLs. Kubrick also pioneered developments in several other areas besides the aesthetic of the long take, including everything from lighting Barry Lyndon to special effects to musical scoring A Clockwork Orange. The science fiction genre has no other entry this smart and challenging. Spielberg and Lucas, who have made the most prominent sci-fi works since , are inspired in every way by Kubrick's opus—but their films come short in every artistic and intellectual way.
Kubrick's influence extended outside of film making to other aspects of popular culture. The films of Stanley Kubrick influenced popular music.
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The release of had a profound effect on the music of the late sixties. The film inspired David Bowie to write "A Space Oddity," his epic song of the dialogue between "ground control" and Major Tom, an astronaut who becomes separated from his spaceship. The long list of film makers that list Kubrick as a major influence is varied and diverse. It includes David Lynch, P.
Simpsons Creator Matt Groenig is said to be a huge fan of Kubrick's films, which is clear from the constant parodies of his films that the can be found in episodes of the show. Kubrick was often unwilling to discuss personal matters publicly, or to speak publicly at all.
Over time, his image in the media has ranged anywhere from being a reclusive genius to a megalomaniacal lunatic, shut off from the world.
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